pre·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌprē-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce preprofessional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of preprofessional

: of or relating to the period preceding specific study for or practice of a profession

Examples of preprofessional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Syracuse also retains a strong fraternity and preprofessional culture that at times appears to have fostered antipathy to students of color on its central New York campus., "In the spring, some black students reported being attacked and targeted with slurs near the Syracuse campus. Others reported several instances of professors at a campus in Madrid using a racist slur. Then came the November incidents.," 28 Nov. 2019 The program features members of the Pre-College Program, a preprofessional classical music training program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 The Magnificent Return Circus Spire, Kinetic Arts Center’s troupe of preprofessional performers, is back with its custom blend of circus, physical theater, aerial excellence, clowning and chaos. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of March 25," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of preprofessional

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Preprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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