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Definitions of professional

  1. an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  2. an athlete who plays for pay
  3. a person engaged in one of the learned professions
  4. engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood; " the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"; " began her professional career after the Olympics"; " professional theater"; " professional football"; " a professional cook"; " professional actors and athletes"
  5. characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; " professional conduct"; " professional ethics"; " a thoroughly professional performance"
  6. engaged in by members of a profession; " professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
  7. of or relating to a profession; " we need professional advice"; " professional training"; " professional equipment for his new office"
  8. Of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming to the rules or standards of a profession; following a profession; as, professional knowledge; professional conduct.
  9. Engaged in by professionals; as, a professional race; -- opposed to amateur.
  10. A person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a professional worker.
  11. Pertaining to a calling or occupation requiring a superior education; following a calling as a means of livelihood; as, a professional baseball player.
  12. One who makes his living by an occupation, as distinguished from an amateur.
  13. Professionally.
  14. Professionalism.
  15. Relating to or befitting any profession, specifically, in medicine, the medical profession; ethical.
  16. Pertaining to a profession.
  17. One who makes his living by an art, as opposed to an amateur who practices it merely for pastime.
  18. Pertaining to a profession, or business.
  19. One who makes his living by an art which to others is a pastime.
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Usage examples for professional

  1. Hang the professional man who tells things to his wife. – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
  2. Is she a professional detective? – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  3. In each case we give our complete professional service. – Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  4. The doctor says we must have a professional nurse, and we must go away from here soon. – The Little Colonel by Annie Fellows Johnston
  5. For the most part they were professional men, and they were all Russian subjects. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  6. There were a hundred other questions Paul Harley was anxious to ask: some that were professional but more that were personal. – Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
  7. And- again between you and me and nobody else- I'm expecting some very special professional and expert assistance within the next few days. – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  8. No doubt his grace often militates against his fun, but Mr. du Maurier, as has already been suggested, is only by accident a professional funny man. – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  9. Anyway, it was his best professional manner. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  10. It was the Doctor's discovery; and perhaps, in the beginning, professional pride may have had something to do with it; but his enthusiasm was quickly caught up by Captain Pond and communicated to the entire Company. – Wandering Heath by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  11. The professional spirit has been in the air, and there has been much writing and much talking on the science and art of teaching. – Rural Life and the Rural School by Joseph Kennedy
  12. But the prison doctor was a man of sense and humanity, as well as of professional skill. – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  13. In all matters that concerned his professional duties, he was like steel; for strength and truth and temper. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  14. When Mrs. Camp's services had in some degree restored the lady to herself, Mr. Camp followed with a word of professional comfort. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  15. He had been the professional with the best chance. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  16. Naturally the play proceeded coldly without the presence of professional applauders. – Introduction to the Dramas of Balzac by Epiphanius Wilson and J. Walker McSpadden
  17. Travers, being young and vital, was forgetting, for the moment, his professional air to a dangerous extent. – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  18. So little information had been gained by the middle of September, that it was determined to employ a professional spy. – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse
  19. You know very well that, if you liked, you could become a professional, and make a name. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  20. To all this the Interviewer listened with true professional interest. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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