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profession


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Profession  \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. 
  Prayer. 
 
  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. 
  Morse. 
 
  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. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  profession 
  n  1:  the  body  of  people  in  a  learned  occupation;  "the  news  spread 
  rapidly  through  the  medical  community"  [syn:  {community}] 
  2:  an  occupation  requiring  special  education  (especially  in  the 
  liberal  arts  or  sciences) 
  3:  an  open  avowal  (true  or  false)  of  some  belief  or  opinion;  "a 
  profession  of  disagreement"  [syn:  {professing}] 
  4:  affirmation  of  acceptance  of  some  religion  or  faith;  "a 
  profession  of  Christianity" 




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