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Pronunciation:  pru'feshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
  2. [n]  affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith; "a profession of Christianity"
  3. [n]  an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a profession of disagreement"
  4. [n]  the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical community"

PROFESSION is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: community, professing
 See Also: affirmation, architecture, avouchment, avowal, bar, business, business community, businessmen, community of scholars, economics profession, education, engineering, health profession, job, journalism, learned profession, legal community, legal profession, line, line of work, literature, occupation, occupational group, politics, priesthood, technology, vocation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pro*fes"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. professio. See
{Profess}, v.]
1. The act of professing or claiming; open declaration;
   public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of
   friendship; a profession of faith.

         A solemn vow, promise, and profession. --Bk. of Com.

2. That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a
   claim; as, his professions are insincere.

         The Indians quickly perceive the coincidence or the
         contradiction between professions and conduct. --J.

3. That of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if
   not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one
   devotes one's self; the business which one professes to
   understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling;
   vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the
   profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the
   profession of lecturer on chemistry.

         Hi tried five or six professions in turn.

Note: The three professions, or learned professions, are,
      especially, theology, law, and medicine.

4. The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as,
   the profession distrust him.

5. (Eccl. Law.) The act of entering, or becoming a member of,
   a religious order.