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[pruh-fesh-uh n] /prəˈfɛʃ ən/
a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science:
the profession of teaching.
any vocation or business.
the body of persons engaged in an occupation or calling:
to be respected by the medical profession.
the act of professing; avowal; a declaration, whether true or false:
professions of dedication.
the declaration of belief in or acceptance of religion or a faith:
the profession of Christianity.
a religion or faith professed.
the declaration made on entering into membership of a church or religious order.
Origin of profession
1175-1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin professiōn- (stem of professiō) the taking of the vows of a religious order. See professed, -ion
Related forms
professionless, noun
nonprofession, noun
1. calling, employment. See occupation. 4. asseveration, assertion, protestation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for profession
  • The innate conservatism of the academic profession does not help.
  • There is plenty the government, the legal profession and others can do to improve this shameful state of affairs.
  • Ask students that have the same profession to gather in teams and compare their answers.
  • The profession is heading toward its biggest crisis.
  • Nearly every profession publicly honors its top performers with an award.
  • No one likes to hear that there is something awry within their chosen profession.
  • There weren't enough of them to satisfy the demand, so they could afford to be fickle, move around and leave the profession.
  • But above all else, really do your research about the profession.
  • The more likely culprits are therefore the nature of medical training and the intrinsic demands of the profession.
  • And he was not only a commoner, he was a commoner in a slightly disreputable profession.
British Dictionary definitions for profession


an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, esp one of the three learned professions, law, theology, or medicine
the body of people in such an occupation
the act of professing; avowal; declaration
  1. Also called profession of faith. a declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it
  2. the faith or the religion that is the subject of such a declaration
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin professiō the taking of vows upon entering a religious order, from Latin: public acknowledgment; see profess
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Word Origin and History for profession

c.1200, "vows taken upon entering a religious order," from Old French profession (12c.), from Latin professionem (nominative professio) "public declaration," from past participle stem of profiteri "declare openly" (see profess). Meaning "any solemn declaration" is from mid-14c. Meaning "occupation one professes to be skilled in" is from early 15c.; meaning "body of persons engaged in some occupation" is from 1610; as a euphemism for "prostitution" (e.g. oldest profession) it is recorded from 1888.

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