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[voh-key-shuh-nl] /voʊˈkeɪ ʃə nl/
of, relating to, or connected with a vocation or occupation:
a vocational aptitude.
of, relating to, or noting instruction or guidance in an occupation or profession chosen as a career or in the choice of a career:
a vocational counselor.
Origin of vocational
1645-55; vocation + -al1
Related forms
vocationally, adverb
nonvocational, adjective
nonvocationally, adverb
quasi-vocational, adjective
quasi-vocationally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vocational
  • Several items in the news suggest that vocabularies are looked upon only or chiefly as of vocational value.
  • The vocational narrative persists in the face of these negative factors because it's still got a lot of truth.
  • The low status of the vocational path means that few able youngsters are tempted down it.
  • Besides academic courses, the school also offers vocational programs for older students.
  • During the day, teenagers at this vocational school learn how to make furniture.
  • Local vocational colleges are to be allowed to teach degree courses, with the exams set by universities.
  • vocational courses that develop industry-specific skills will also see a surge in applications.
  • There may be scope for more vocational education programmes.
  • First of all, a traditional bachelor's degree is not supposed to be a vocational education.
  • One reason is a lack of vocational training and few links between business and academia.
British Dictionary definitions for vocational


of or relating to a vocation or vocations
of or relating to applied educational courses concerned with skills needed for an occupation, trade, or profession: vocational training
Derived Forms
vocationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vocational

1650s, from vocation + -al (1). Related: Vocationally.

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