[ voh-key-shuh-nl ]
/ voʊˈkeɪ ʃə nl /


of, relating to, or connected with a vocation or occupation: a vocational aptitude.
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.

Nearby words

  1. vocalize,
  2. vocally,
  3. vocals,
  4. vocat.,
  5. vocation,
  6. vocational education,
  7. vocational guidance,
  8. vocational school,
  9. vocationalism,
  10. vocationally

Origin of vocational

First recorded in 1645–55; vocation + -al1

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for 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
  • 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
  • High school attendance is becoming legally and vocationally compulsory.

    The High School Failures|Francis P. Obrien
  • Competition determines the distribution of population territorially and vocationally.

British Dictionary definitions for vocationally


/ (vəʊˈkeɪʃənəl) /


of or relating to a vocation or vocations
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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