Definitions for: Professional


[n] an authority qualified to teach apprentices
[n] a person engaged in one of the learned professions
[n] an athlete who plays for pay
[adj] engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood; "the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"; "began her professional career after the Olympics"; "professional theater"; "professional football"; "a professional cook"; "professional actors and athletes"
[adj] characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance"
[adj] engaged in by members of a profession; "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
[adj] of or relating to a profession; "we need professional advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for his new office"
[adj] of or relating to or suitable as a profession; "professional organizations"; "a professional field such as law"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*fes"sion*al, a.
1. Of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming
to the rules or standards of a profession; following a
profession; as, professional knowledge; professional
conduct. ``Pride, not personal, but professional.''
--Macaulay. ``A professional sneerer.'' --De Quincey.

2. Engaged in by professionals; as, a professional race; --
opposed to amateur.


Pro*fes"sion*al, n.
A person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a
livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a
professional worker.

Synonyms: expert, master, nonrecreational, paid, pro, professed(a), professional person, white-collar

Antonyms: amateur, nonprofessional, unprofessional

See Also: adult, athlete, attorney, authority, bibliothec, careerist, caregiver, craftsman, critic, educator, free agent, grownup, health care provider, health professional, jock, lawyer, librarian, past master, pedagogue, practician, practitioner, professional organisation, professional organization, publisher, semipro, semiprofessional, yuppie

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