[ pruh-fesh-uh-nl ]
/ prəˈfɛʃ ə nl /
following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
of, relating to, or connected with a profession: professional studies.
appropriate to a profession: professional objectivity.
engaged in one of the learned professions: A lawyer is a professional person.
following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime: a professional golfer.
making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business: “A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”
undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain: professional baseball.
of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work: a professional apartment; professional equipment.
done by a professional; expert: professional car repairs.
a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs: a golf professional.
an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.
a person who is expert at his or her work: You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.
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Related formspro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverbin·ter·pro·fes·sion·al, adjectivein·ter·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·pro·fes·sion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-professional
/ (prəˈfɛʃənəl) /
of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in as a profession
engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood
- extremely competent in a job, etc
- (of a piece of work or anything performed) produced with competence or skill
undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
a person who belongs to or engages in one of the professions
a person who engages for his livelihood in some activity also pursued by amateurs
a person who engages in an activity with great competence
an expert player of a game who gives instruction, esp to members of a club by whom he is hired
Derived Formsprofessionally, adverb
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