profession

An open declaration of an opinion or belief is a profession. If you announce that you believe the earth is flat, your profession of this opinion might cause some giggling among your well-educated friends.

Careers that require specialized training or advanced degrees are considered professions. Your parents may want you to go into a profession like the practice of law, but you dream of being a rodeo clown. The collective group of people practicing a profession is also called profession. The medical profession doesn't know what to make of that thing growing out of your foot. You are a medical mystery!

Primary Meanings of profession

1.
n
an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
2.
n
an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion
Full Definitions of profession
1

n an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)

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learned profession
one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles
literature
the profession or art of a writer
architecture
the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
education
the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
journalism
the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
politics
the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
engineering, technology
the practical application of science to commerce or industry
law, practice of law
the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system
newspapering
journalism practiced for the newspapers
medicine, practice of medicine
the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries
theology
the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary)
instruction, pedagogy, teaching
the profession of a teacher
aeronautical engineering
the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
automotive engineering, automotive technology
the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
chemical engineering
the activity of applying chemistry to the solution of practical problems
communications technology
the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
computer technology
the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
high tech, high technology
highly advanced technological development (especially in electronics)
rail technology, railroading
the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

n the body of people in a learned occupation

“the news spread rapidly through the medical profession
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bar, legal community, legal profession
the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
health profession
the body of individuals whose work helps to maintain the health of their clients
business community, businessmen
the body of individuals who manage businesses
community of scholars
the body of individuals holding advanced academic degrees
economics profession
the body of professional economists
priesthood
the body of ordained religious practitioners
medical community, medical profession
the body of individuals who are qualified to practice medicine
nursing
the profession of a nurse
ministry
religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
rabbinate
rabbis collectively
clergy
in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Type of:
occupational group, vocation
a body of people doing the same kind of work
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n an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion

“a profession of disagreement”
Synonyms:
professing
Type of:
affirmation, avouchment, avowal
a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something

n affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith

“a profession of Christianity”
Type of:
affirmation
(religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)

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