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 for professional
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Professional \Pro*fes"sion*al\, n.
     A person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a
     livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a
     professional worker.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Professional \Pro*fes"sion*al\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming
        to the rules or standards of a profession; following a
        profession; as, professional knowledge; professional
        conduct. "Pride, not personal, but professional."
        --Macaulay. "A professional sneerer." --De Quincey.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Engaged in by professionals; as, a professional race; --
        opposed to amateur.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or
             means of livelihood; "the professional man or woman
             possesses distinctive qualifications"; "began her
             professional career after the Olympics"; "professional
             theater"; "professional football"; "a professional cook";
             "professional actors and athletes" [ant:
      2: of or relating to or suitable as a profession; "professional
         organizations"; "a professional field such as law"
      3: characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in
         a profession; "professional conduct"; "professional ethics";
         "a thoroughly professional performance" [ant:
      4: of or relating to a profession; "we need professional
         advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for
         his new office"
      5: engaged in by members of a profession; "professional
         occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
      n 1: a person engaged in one of the learned professions [syn:
           professional, professional person]
      2: an athlete who plays for pay [syn: professional, pro]
         [ant: amateur]
      3: an authority qualified to teach apprentices [syn: master,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  136 Moby Thesaurus words for "professional":
     Admirable Crichton, Daedalian, able, academic, accomplished, adept,
     adroit, apt, artisan, artist, artiste, artistic, at concert pitch,
     attache, authoritative, authority, bravura, brilliant,
     businesslike, career, clean, clever, coached, competent,
     connaisseur, connoisseur, conscientious, consultant, conversant,
     coordinated, cordon bleu, crack, crack shot, crackerjack,
     craftsman, cross-disciplinary, cunning, cute, daedal, dead shot,
     deft, dexterous, dextrous, diplomat, diplomatic, diplomatist,
     educated, efficient, elder statesman, excellent, experienced,
     experienced hand, expert, expert consultant, fancy, finished,
     functional, gifted, good, goodish, gownsman, graceful, graduate,
     graduate-professional, handy, handy man, industrial, ingenious,
     initiate, initiated, interdisciplinary, journeyman, knowledgeable,
     licensed, maestro, magisterial, marksman, master, masterful,
     masterly, maven, neat, no mean, no slouch, official, old pro,
     past master, pedagogical, polished, politic, politician,
     postgraduate, practiced, prepared, primed, pro, professor,
     proficient, prompt, qualified, quick, quite some, ready,
     resourceful, savant, scholarly, scholastic, schoolish, seasoned,
     seasoned professional, shark, sharp, skilled, skillful, slick,
     some, specialist, statesman, statesmanlike, stylish, tactful,
     talented, technical, technical adviser, technician, the compleat,
     the complete, thorough, trained, veteran, virtuoso, vocational,
     well-done, whiz, wizard, workmanlike

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