Antonyms of noun professional

1 of 3 senses of professional

Sense 2
professional, pro -- (an athlete who plays for pay)
       Antonym of amateur (Sense 2)
      => amateur -- (an athlete who does not play for pay)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun professional

3 senses of professional

Sense 1
professional, professional person -- (a person engaged in one of the learned professions)
       => adult, grownup -- (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Sense 2
professional, pro -- (an athlete who plays for pay)
       => athlete, jock -- (a person trained to compete in sports)

Sense 3
master, professional -- (an authority qualified to teach apprentices)
       => authority -- (an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law")

Antonyms of adj professional

3 of 5 senses of professional

Sense 1
professional (vs. nonprofessional) -- (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")

nonprofessional (vs. professional) -- (not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain; "the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues"; "nonprofessional actors")
        => amateur, recreational, unpaid -- (engaged in as a pastime; "an amateur painter"; "gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals"; "recreational golfers"; "reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating"; "unpaid extras in the documentary")
        => lay -- (not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease")

Sense 3
professional (vs. unprofessional) -- (characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance")

unprofessional (vs. professional) -- (not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "described in unprofessional language so that high school students could understand it"; "was censured for unprofessional conduct"; "unprofessional repairs")
        => amateurish, amateur, inexpert, unskilled -- (lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting")

Sense 5
professional -- (engaged in by members of a profession; "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching")

INDIRECT (VIA white-collar) -> blue-collar -- (of or designating manual industrial work or workers)

Similarity of adj professional

5 senses of professional

Sense 1
professional (vs. nonprofessional) -- (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")
       => nonrecreational, paid -- (involving gainful employment in something often done as a hobby)
       => professed (prenominal) -- (professing to be qualified; "a professed philosopher")

Sense 2
professional -- (of or relating to or suitable as a profession; "professional organizations"; "a professional field such as law")

Sense 3
professional (vs. unprofessional) -- (characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance")

Sense 4
professional -- (of or relating to a profession; "we need professional advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for his new office")

Sense 5
professional -- (engaged in by members of a profession; "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching")
       => white-collar (vs. blue-collar) -- (of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers; "the coal miner's son aspired to a white-collar occupation as a bookkeeper")

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