What does profession mean?

Definitions for profession
prəˈfɛʃ ənpro·fes·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. professionnoun

    the body of people in a learned occupation

    "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists"

  2. professionnoun

    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)

  3. profession, professingnoun

    an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion

    "a profession of disagreement"

  4. professionnoun

    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith

    "a profession of Christianity"


  1. professionnoun

    A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.

    She died only a few years after her profession.

  2. professionnoun

    A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.

    Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years.

  3. professionnoun

    An occupation, trade, craft, or activity in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.

    My father was a barrister by profession.

  4. professionnoun

    The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.

    His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession.

  5. Etymology: From professioun, profession, from professio, from the participle stem of profiteri.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profession

    the act of professing or claiming; open declaration; public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of friendship; a profession of faith

  2. Profession

    that which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a claim; as, his professions are insincere

  3. Profession

    that of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one devotes one's self; the business which one professes to understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling; vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the profession of lecturer on chemistry

  4. Profession

    the collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as, the profession distrust him

  5. Profession

    the act of entering, or becoming a member of, a religious order

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. professio. See Profess, v.]


  1. Profession

    A profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain. The term is in essence a rather vaguer version of the term "liberal profession", an anglicisation of the French term "profession libérale". Originally borrowed by English users in the nineteenth century, it has been re-borrowed by international users from the late twentieth, though the class overtones of the term do not seem to survive retranslation: “liberal professions” are, according to the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications “those practised on the basis of relevant professional qualifications in a personal, responsible and professionally independent capacity by those providing intellectual and conceptual services in the interest of the client and the public”.

Editors Contribution

  1. profession

    A person or group of people with a specific type of job.

    Their profession was known worldwide

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3169

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profession' in Nouns Frequency: #1120

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profession in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of profession in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh:

    Then he saw also that it matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.

  2. Danielle Outlaw:

    We're neutral. Law enforcement, neutral. Politicians come and go, and when it's all said and done, law enforcement is still here. We're the ones that [ are ] still standing, we, as a profession, have done things to get in our own way, so I can understand the calls for reform accountability and … rethinking public safety and how and why we do things — totally get that. … But does it make sense to say, ‘ We want you to have more training, and we want you to have more equipment, and we want you to anticipate the trends and patterns of the future, ’ and then defend us at the same time ? Absolutely, that makes no sense.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    The driving force behind every career or profession is nothing else but passion. Yes! it (passion) kindles and rekindles one's desire to pursue and realize a vision or aspiration all over again and again, until he or she decides to retire. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley:

    Deputy Myers has been a treasured part of this agency’s family since 1989, deputy Myers served this community with distinction for decades. Deputy Myers was loved, admired, and respected for Deputy Myers dedication to the law enforcement profession.

  5. Aldous Huxley:

    Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

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