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vocational

[voh-key-shuh-nl]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or connected with a vocation or occupation: a vocational aptitude.
  2. of, relating to, or noting instruction or guidance in an occupation or profession chosen as a career or in the choice of a career: a vocational counselor.

Origin of vocational

First recorded in 1645–55; vocation + -al1
Related formsvo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·vo·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·vo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-vo·ca·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-vo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb
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  • We may distinguish broadly three aims: the vocational, the civic, and the cultural.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Vocational economics is the economics of the craftsman and of the shop.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • How would you formulate the ideal for the vocational life of the factory worker?

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    Paul Klapper

  • The office next to mine is that of the Vocational Bureau for Women.

  • We must take this into consideration in all our vocational training.


British Dictionary definitions for vocational

vocational

adjective
  1. of or relating to a vocation or vocations
  2. of or relating to applied educational courses concerned with skills needed for an occupation, trade, or professionvocational training
Derived Formsvocationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vocational

adj.

1650s, from vocation + -al (1). Related: Vocationally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper