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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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Examples from the Web for vocationally
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  • Temperamentally John Burroughs was an optimist, as vocationally he was a writer, and avocationally a vine-dresser.

    The Seer of Slabsides Dallas Lore Sharp
  • High school attendance is becoming legally and vocationally compulsory.

    The High School Failures Francis P. Obrien
  • Temperamentally Mr. Burroughs is an optimist, as vocationally he is a writer, and avocationally a vine-dresser.

    The Face of the Fields Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Competition determines the distribution of population territorially and vocationally.

British Dictionary definitions for vocationally


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 vocationally



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

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