nonprofessional

adjective
non·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ˌnän-prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -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

nonprofessional

noun
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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Other Words from nonprofessional

Noun

nonprofessionally adverb
has been singing nonprofessionally for many years

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Boston is among few marathons where even nonprofessional runners have to meet strict qualifying times based on age and gender, and some runners spend years trying to qualify. Washington Post, "Boston, other marathons say trans women can compete as women," 8 Apr. 2018 The nonprofessional cast members are as compelling as any pros. Jim Mckay, New York Times, "Review: In ‘En el Séptimo Día,’ He Wants to Work and Play. What Will He Do?," 7 June 2018 But is there any mass-market tool that offers useful and accessible training insights to enthusiastic but nonprofessional endurance athletes? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "How Heart Rate Variability Tells You When to Hammer," 4 May 2018 Using nonprofessional actors means Israel's film doesn't feel polished — but that's OK. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "'Keep the Change' is a fresh take on love in New York City," 19 Apr. 2018 Boston is among few marathons where even nonprofessional runners have to meet strict qualifying times based on age and gender, and some runners spend years trying to qualify. Washington Post, "Boston, other marathons say trans women can compete as women," 8 Apr. 2018 Boston is among few marathons where even nonprofessional runners have to meet strict qualifying times based on age and gender, and some runners spend years trying to qualify. CBS News, "Boston Marathon, other races say trans women can compete as women," 9 Apr. 2018 Boston is among few marathons where even nonprofessional runners have to meet strict qualifying times based on age and gender, and some runners spend years trying to qualify. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Transgender athletes compete at Boston, other marathons," 9 Apr. 2018 Image This is a landmark motion picture — a movie about people living with autism in which all of the characters who have autism are portrayed by nonprofessional performers who also have it. Rachel Israel, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Keep the Change,’ Two People With Autism Find Love," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the Marathon bombing, for example, 27 improvised tourniquets, such as belts, were applied by nonprofessionals. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Most of the film’s actors are nonprofessionals, with one notable and valuable exception. Chris Vognar, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Florida Project’ unfolds in a not-so-magic kingdom," 18 Oct. 2017 And few plays make room for nonprofessionals so comfortably. Matt Trueman, New York Times, "A Terrorized British City Turns to an All-American Play for Healing," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonprofessional

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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