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nonprofessional

[non-pruh-fesh-uh-nl] /ˌnɒn prəˈfɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
not a member of or trained in a specific profession.
2.
Sports. not offering or engaged in for payment or a monetary prize; amateur:
a nonprofessional league; a nonprofessional player.
noun
3.
a person who is not a professional.
4.
an amateur athlete.
Origin of nonprofessional
1795-1805
1795-1805; non- + professional
Related forms
nonprofessionalism, noun
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  • There was nothing more he could do at the moment—the autosurgeon's decisions were safer than any nonprofessional's guesswork.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • For the ulceration it is useless to prescribe, because it can neither be diagnosed nor topically treated by the nonprofessional.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • It is more vividly brought home to us from the nonprofessional, the disinterested and involuntary testimony of secular writing.

    Preaching and Paganism Albert Parker Fitch
  • Another and oftentimes fatal mistake made by the nonprofessional is the indiscriminate and reckless use of aconite.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for nonprofessional

nonprofessional

/ˌnɒnprəˈfɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
not of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in a profession
2.
not undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
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