Definitions for: Profession


[n] an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
[n] affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith; "a profession of Christianity"
[n] an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a profession of disagreement"
[n] the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical community"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*fes"sion, n. [F., fr. L. professio. See
Profess, v.]
1. The act of professing or claiming; open declaration;
public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of
friendship; a profession of faith.

A solemn vow, promise, and profession. --Bk. of Com.
Prayer.

2. That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a
claim; as, his professions are insincere.

The Indians quickly perceive the coincidence or the
contradiction between professions and conduct. --J.
Morse.

3. That of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if
not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one
devotes one's self; the business which one professes to
understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling;
vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the
profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the
profession of lecturer on chemistry.

Hi tried five or six professions in turn.
--Macaulay.

Note: The three professions, or learned professions, are,
especially, theology, law, and medicine.

4. The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as,
the profession distrust him.

5. (Eccl. Law.) The act of entering, or becoming a member of,
a religious order.

Synonyms: community, professing

See Also: affirmation, architecture, avouchment, avowal, bar, business, business community, businessmen, community of scholars, economics profession, education, engineering, health profession, job, journalism, learned profession, legal community, legal profession, line, line of work, literature, occupation, occupational group, politics, priesthood, technology, vocation

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