non·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌnän-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce nonprofessional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nonprofessional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not professional: such as
a : not belonging to or trained in a particular profession overtime pay for nonprofessional employees nonprofessional jobs
b : engaging in or practicing some craft or art without previous training or professional status : amateur a nonprofessional actor


plural nonprofessionals

Definition of nonprofessional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is not a professional: such as
a : someone who does not belong to or possess training in a particular profession the role of nonprofessionals in mental health care
b : someone who engages in or practices some craft or art without previous training or professional status a cooking class for nonprofessionals a cast of mostly nonprofessionals

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nonprofessionally adverb
has been singing nonprofessionally for many years

Synonyms & Antonyms for nonprofessional

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of nonprofessional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The project, a long-term experiment in which hundreds of nonprofessional actors were housed in a replica of a Soviet research institute, has faced allegations that actors were mistreated on set and endured psychological and physical torture. Thomas Rogers, New York Times, "‘There Is No Evil,’ About Executions in Iran, Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival," 3 Mar. 2020 The protagonist is played by a woman named Vitalina Varela, a nonprofessional actor from Cape Verde; the character travels to Lisbon, for the first time, to see her ailing husband, Joaquim, on his deathbed. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Vitalina Varela,” Reviewed: An Audacious Drama About the Struggles of an Immigrant Community," 22 Feb. 2020 Director Gillo Pontecorvo cast mostly nonprofessional actors in the film, which helped codify the jangly aesthetic of handheld cinematography. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "The 34 best political movies ever made," 23 Jan. 2020 Yet the Paste article was a sign of just how newsworthy the daily doings of the subreddit have become -- and just how much influence the community of nonprofessional music fans has amassed. Eli Enis, Billboard, "How Reddit's r/indieheads Is Keeping the Spirit of Music Blogs Alive -- And Pushing the Boundaries of 'Indie'," 31 May 2019 Networking is something that can be done in a variety of ways: in person at events or through your social circle, online using LinkedIn or other professional platforms, or even just casually in nonprofessional forums. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, oregonlive, "How to create a networking plan that works," 4 Oct. 2019 Given this aim, the emphasis falls, almost unavoidably, on the exotic, and for the nonprofessional audience exoticism is a big part of the appeal. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Chou wanted to cast nonprofessional actors and spent his days scouting the city for talent. Los Angeles Times, "Young filmmakers train a fresh lens on turbulent Cambodia," 27 Aug. 2019 For that reason, many independent brands display their styles on nonprofessional models of many sizes and shapes. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since the global coronavirus quarantine began, there has been a lot of performing on social media by professionals and nonprofessionals alike. Los Angeles Times, "The best, most hilarious song of the coronavirus quarantine says what we all feel now. You need this," 8 Apr. 2020 That stacks high odds against nonprofessionals like myself being able to pick stock market winners. Washington Post, "The discount brokerage wars are upon us. Take a deep breath before engaging.," 24 Oct. 2019 At the Marathon bombing, for example, 27 improvised tourniquets, such as belts, were applied by nonprofessionals. Felice J. Freyer,, "Stopping a deadly bleed: it’s more complicated than you think," 9 May 2018 Buying individual bonds can be challenging for nonprofessionals, but investors could also consider an ETF that invests in short-term government bonds, says Nikolaas Schuurmans, founder of advisory firm Pure Portfolios in Portland, Ore. Michael A. Pollock, WSJ, "How to Protect a Retirement Plan in a Down Market," 22 Apr. 2018 The actors are nonprofessionals playing versions of themselves — members of a Native American family that has seen its share of hardship. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Rider’ Is an American Regional Film to Savor," 11 Apr. 2018 Much of this has already occurred in North Carolina, but policies and practices that explicitly frame teachers as nonprofessionals threaten to worsen these outcomes. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Teachers are now being asked to punch time clocks. What does that mean for their profession?," 4 Mar. 2018 Still, Eastwood has used nonprofessionals before, albeit in supporting roles in Gran Torino. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Clint Eastwood Reveals Why He Cast Non-Actors in '15:17 to Paris'," 6 Feb. 2018 The actors are nonprofessionals playing versions of themselves. Jonas Carpignano, New York Times, "Review: In ‘A Ciambra,’ a Young Roma Boy Comes of Age," 18 Jan. 2018

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1816, in the meaning defined above


1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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