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/prəˈfɛʃ ə nl/
following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain:
a professional builder.
of, pertaining to, or connected with a
appropriate to a
engaged in one of the learned
A lawyer is a professional person.
following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime:
a professional golfer.
making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business:
“A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”
undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain:
of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work:
a professional apartment; professional equipment.
done by a professional; expert:
professional car repairs.
a person who belongs to one of the
, especially one of the learned
a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs:
a golf professional.
an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.
a person who is expert at his or her work:
You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Recently, however, researchers have conducted the first brain-imaging studies of both amateur and
He hoped to find some new method of making a living and aspired to become a
breeder of ferrets.
If verbalism were confined to
philosophers, no harm would be done.
influences had the upper hand.
hunt staff was furious, but members of the hunt field cheered.
armies by their nature tend to be costly and small, necessitated by economics and limited human willingness.
These can be taken broadly or grouped into a specialisation or
The moral values that business people should adhere to are universal ones, not a
Let's try genuinely independent,
boards of directors.
British Dictionary definitions for
of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in as a profession
engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood
extremely competent in a job, etc
(of a piece of work or anything performed) produced with competence or skill
undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
a person who belongs to or engages in one of the professions
a person who engages for his livelihood in some activity also pursued by amateurs
a person who engages in an activity with great competence
an expert player of a game who gives instruction, esp to members of a club by whom he is hired
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Word Origin and History for
early 15c., of religious orders; 1747 of careers (especially of the skilled or learned trades from c.1793); see
. Meaning "one who does X for a living" is from 1798; opposed to
from 1851. The noun is recorded from 1811.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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As a scientist I'm afraid I'm a professional skeptic who doubts everything, even the certainties.
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