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  1. not a member of or trained in a specific profession.
  2. Sports. not offering or engaged in for payment or a monetary prize; amateur: a nonprofessional league; a nonprofessional player.
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  1. a person who is not a professional.
  2. an amateur athlete.
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Origin of nonprofessional

First recorded in 1795–1805; non- + professional
Related formsnon·pro·fes·sion·al·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for non-professional


  1. not of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in a profession
  2. not undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
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