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Definition: Professional

What is the dictionary definition of Professional?

Dictionary Definition

  1. An authority qualified to teach apprentices.
  2. A person engaged in one of the learned professions.
  3. An athlete who plays for pay.
  4. Of or relating to a profession.
  5. Of or relating to or suitable as a profession.
  6. Engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood.
  7. Characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession.
  8. Engaged in by members of a profession.

Full Definition of Professional

The term referring to members of those professions having a recognized status based upon acquiring professional knowledge through prolonged study. Examples of such professions include accountancy, actuarial computation, architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics, and teaching). To be a professional, a person must not only be qualified but must also be involved in discharging corresponding professional duties.

One who is engaged in one of the learned professions and/or who makes it a permanent career. Characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession. Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace. Following a line of conduct as though it were a profession.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, the term tends to be used to apply to anyone who performs or behaves as might be expected according to common standards.

Examples of Professional in a sentence

Began her professional career after the Olympics.
A thoroughly professional performance.
We need professional advice.
A professional field such as law.
The professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications.
A professional cook.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Professional. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 28, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Professional. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 28, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Professional. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Professional are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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