[ 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.

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 Forms

vocationally, adverb
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