oc·​cu·​pa·​tion·​al ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce occupational (audio)
: of or relating to a job or occupation
occupational choices
occupational training/skills
occupational safety
Physiatrists commonly treat back and neck pain and other musculoskeletal problems, including sports injuries and occupational problems like repetitive stress injury.C. Claiborne Ray
see also occupational hazard
: relating to or engaged in the military occupation of a country
served as part of an occupational force
occupational troops
occupationally adverb

Examples of occupational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Insurance rules stated that Jorge was unable to leave the facility, but with the help of occupational therapist Kendra Smart, Jorge’s regular physical therapy session was transformed into a wedding reception. Chris Barilla, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Many studies link occupational accidents to heat stress, which can cause fatigue, dehydration, and vertigo. Amy Maxmen, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2023 Researchers and occupational safety experts were also perplexed by how the committee categorized airborne pathogens. Amy Maxmen | Kff Health News, NBC News, 16 Sep. 2023 Airport workers filed an occupational safety complaint against a contractor at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, alleging health and safety violations related to this summer's extreme heat. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 An occupational therapist came to his room five days after the amputation to see if Drew Kennison was up to the task. Tom Hallman, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Qualified applicants will be considered for an occupational license on a case-by-case basis, weighing everything from the circumstances of the crime to evidence of rehabilitation. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 Then an occupational therapist certified in hand and upper limb rehabilitation from our Medical Expert Board reviewed this article for medical accuracy. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 21 July 2023 And in a 2021 report, researchers estimated that hotter temperatures caused approximately 20,000 occupational injuries a year in California between 2001 and 2018, based on workers' compensation claims. Amy Maxmen, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


occupation + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of occupational was in 1766

Dictionary Entries Near occupational

Cite this Entry

“Occupational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupational. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to one's occupation
a report on occupational health and safety

Medical Definition


oc·​cu·​pa·​tion·​al ˌäk-yə-ˈpā-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce occupational (audio)
: relating to or being an occupational disease
occupational asthma
occupationally adverb

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