1. of, relating to, or connected with a vocation or occupation: a vocational aptitude.
  2. 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 formsvo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·vo·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·vo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-vo·ca·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-vo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for vocationally

Historical Examples of vocationally

  • 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


  1. of or relating to a vocation or vocations
  2. of or relating to applied educational courses concerned with skills needed for an occupation, trade, or professionvocational training
Derived Formsvocationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vocationally



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

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