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[voh-key-shuh-nl] /voʊˈkeɪ ʃə nl/
of, relating to, or connected with a vocation or occupation:
a vocational aptitude.
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 forms
vocationally, adverb
nonvocational, adjective
nonvocationally, adverb
quasi-vocational, adjective
quasi-vocationally, adverb Unabridged
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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?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The office next to mine is that of the vocational Bureau for Women.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

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

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for vocational


of or relating to a vocation or vocations
of or relating to applied educational courses concerned with skills needed for an occupation, trade, or profession: vocational training
Derived Forms
vocationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vocational

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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