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[non-pruh-fesh-uh-nl] /ˌnɒn prəˈfɛʃ ə nl/
not a member of or trained in a specific profession.
Sports. not offering or engaged in for payment or a monetary prize; amateur:
a nonprofessional league; a nonprofessional player.
a person who is not a professional.
an amateur athlete.
Origin of nonprofessional
First recorded in 1795-1805; non- + professional
Related forms
nonprofessionalism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For now the disturbing element of non-professional membership was permitted.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • All four of the non-professional seamen came with him when he returned.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • There is a limit in size beyond which the non-professional will not be able to go.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • The figures just given cover most classes of non-professional work.

  • It is the objection of the non-professional officer, and cannot be entertained.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • You non-professional men get the maddest notions into your heads.

    The Mynns' Mystery George Manville Fenn
  • Such was the burden of countless messages that began to come in from non-professional readers.

  • It was the "non-professional" plan submitted by a doctor in medicine, one Charles Perrault.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield
British Dictionary definitions for non-professional


not of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in a profession
not undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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