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 formsoc·cu·pa·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·oc·cu·pa·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for occupational

business, career, employment, professional, work, vocational

Examples from the Web for occupational

Contemporary Examples of occupational

Historical Examples of occupational

  • The occupational basis is not quite satisfactory as applied to the richest class.


    John Spargo

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

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg

  • This occupational change has resulted in loss to this country.

    A Stake in the Land

    Peter Alexander Speek

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

  • Providing compensation for federal employees suffering injury or occupational diseases in the course of their employment.

British Dictionary definitions for occupational



of, relating to, or caused by an occupationan occupational pension scheme; an occupational disease
Derived Formsoccupationally, 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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