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[ok-yuh-pey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to an occupation, trade, or calling:
occupational guidance.
of or relating to occupation:
occupational troops.
Origin of occupational
First recorded in 1840-50; occupation + -al1
Related forms
occupationally, adverb
nonoccupational, adjective Unabridged
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  • This results in occupational differences, which are henceforth closely bound up with class distinctions.

  • We didn't much talk about it; we chalked it off as occupational hazards.

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  • A consideration of the occupational future of boys and girls shows at once how widely their problems differ.

  • Similarly, there is a characteristic variety of occupational activity, a style of workmanship, a way of doing business.

  • We have just seen that the ordinary school permits the occupational classing of 76 per cent.

British Dictionary definitions for occupational


of, relating to, or caused by an occupation: an occupational pension scheme, an occupational disease
Derived Forms
occupationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for occupational

1850, from occupation + -al (1). Occupational therapy is attested by 1918; occupational risk by 1951. Related: Occupationally.

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