UK Accounting Glossary
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.
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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This glossary post was last updated: 25th March 2020.