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[ok-yuh-pey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃə nl/
of or pertaining to an occupation, trade, or calling:
occupational guidance.
of or pertaining to occupation:
occupational troops.
1840-50; occupation + -al1
Related forms
occupationally, adverb
nonoccupational, adjective Unabridged
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  • And she managed to do it without the self-righteous territoriality that is the occupational vice of human-rights experts.
  • He struggled through occupational therapy the following morning, shivering and complaining of the cold.
  • Ingestion is not a typical route of occupational exposure.
  • Often there is an accompanying slump in occupational, cognitive or visual-spatial skills.
  • The story of beryllium highlights the whole problem of occupational disease in the present era.
  • Their occupational health standards are not as stringent as ours, and so there was a much higher exposure in that population.
  • Recreational exercise and occupational activity during pregnancy and birth weight: a case-control study.
  • The pain causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • Most pensioners are not poor, thanks to the growth in savings and occupational pensions.
  • Each rung represented people of different levels of education, income and occupational status.
British Dictionary definitions for occupational


of, relating to, or caused by an occupation: an occupational pension scheme, an occupational disease
Derived Forms
occupationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for occupational

1850, from occupation + -al (1). Occupational therapy is attested by 1918; occupational risk by 1951. Related: Occupationally.

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