nonprofessional

adjective
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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for nonprofessional

Synonyms: Adjective

amateur, avocational, backyard, jackleg, Sunday

Synonyms: Noun

amateur, dabbler, dilettante, hobbyist, layman, nonexpert, potterer, putterer, tinkerer

Antonyms: Noun

authority, expert, pro, professional, specialist

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Examples of nonprofessional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 For this movie Pasolini used mainly nonprofessional actors, people with plain faces, in dusty clothes. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 The story of a Mexican delivery man in Brooklyn, the film is quietly observant of the real struggles and small joys of getting through the day, with a largely nonprofessional cast including a vibrant lead performance by Fernando Cardona. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Real struggles with 'Superfly,' 'En El Septimo Dia,' and 'The Year of Spectacular Men'," 17 June 2018 The move toward professionalization is part of a campaign against citizen legislators—the part-time, nonprofessional lawmakers who have populated state legislatures since the early days of the republic. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "Lawmakers Are Doing a Bad Job—So Give Them a Raise?," 11 Jan. 2019 In an echo of her father, Ada was putting her inventive charms to nonprofessional uses as well. Abigail Deutsch, WSJ, "‘In Byron’s Wake’ Review: Lout and Ladies," 13 Dec. 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. 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

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

Adjective

1816, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1872, in the meaning defined above

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