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paraprofessional

[par-uh-pruh-fesh-uh-nl]
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noun
  1. a person trained to assist a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other professional, but not licensed to practice in the profession.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to paraprofessionals.
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Origin of paraprofessional

First recorded in 1965–70; para-1 + professional
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Word Origin and History for paraprofessional

adj.

1962, from para- (1) + professional (adj.). As a noun from 1968.

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