nonprofessional

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adjective

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

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noun

plural nonprofessionals
: 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
nonprofessionally adverb
has been singing nonprofessionally for many years

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The film featured nonprofessional actors costumed as ancient Romans barking out the text of the play in an emotionally flat, rapid-fire fashion from the ruins of Palatine Hill in contemporary Rome, with the din of the modern city humming below. Alex Williams, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 The film featured nonprofessional actors costumed as ancient Romans barking out the text of the play in an emotionally flat, rapid-fire fashion from the ruins of Palatine Hill in contemporary Rome, with the din of the modern city humming below. Alex Williams, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2022 Like Bresson, Straub and Huillet worked mostly with nonprofessional actors. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2022 That workers who attended college would be attracted to nonprofessional jobs at REI, Starbucks and Amazon is not entirely surprising. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 So that’s a case of nonprofessional actors appearing in the shoot? Ross Scarano, Billboard, 28 June 2022 Regular outings that are nonprofessional and that require working together without high stakes generate positivity without pressure. Expert Panel, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Beyond trading volume, other signs of activity abound from retail, or nonprofessional, investors. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2021 The cast, meanwhile, was composed entirely of nonprofessional, first-time actors — mainly local villagers who had never even seen a movie before, let alone acted in one. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022
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, 8 Apr. 2020 That stacks high odds against nonprofessionals like myself being able to pick stock market winners. Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2019 At the Marathon bombing, for example, 27 improvised tourniquets, such as belts, were applied by nonprofessionals. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 4 Mar. 2018 Still, Eastwood has used nonprofessionals before, albeit in supporting roles in Gran Torino. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2018 The actors are nonprofessionals playing versions of themselves. Jonas Carpignano, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1816, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonprofessional was in 1816

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“Nonprofessional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonprofessional. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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