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professional Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a person engaged in one of the learned professions
    professional person.
  2. noun an athlete who plays for pay
  3. noun an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  4. adjective 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
  5. adjective of or relating to or suitable as a profession
    • professional organizations
    • a professional field such as law
  6. adjective characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession
    • professional conduct
    • professional ethics
    • a thoroughly professional performance
  7. adjective of or relating to a profession
    • we need professional advice
    • professional training
    • professional equipment for his new office
  8. adjective satellite engaged in by members of a profession
    • professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching

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

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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