Definition of non-professional in English:



  • 1Relating to or engaged in a paid occupation that does not require advanced education or training.

    ‘non-professional grades of staff’
    • ‘I attend a church that has a majority of its members working in non-professional fields.’
    • ‘Some 56 per cent of non-professional drivers said they drank at such dinners before driving.’
    • ‘On the other hand, non-professional workers value communication, want praise and reward and to work in an open environment where they can discuss grievances and personal problems.’
    • ‘Restrictive immigration policies do not offer working opportunities with legitimate travel documents for those who want to work in non-professional jobs.’
    unskilled, untaught, non-technical, unschooled, untutored, unpractised, inexperienced, unequipped, unversed, uninformed, unacquainted
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    1. 1.1Relating to or engaged in an activity which is not one's main paid occupation.
      ‘non-professional actors’
      • ‘Nevertheless, a number of ball manufacturers have added top non-professional players to advisory staffs on yearly contracts.’
      • ‘For the most part it is regional, autonomous, decentralised, non-professional, exclusively amateur and dependent on volunteerism.’
      • ‘In addition to non-professional writers, there is also a separate awards category for professional journalists.’
      • ‘These characters, played by non-professional actors, are not caricatured in any way.’
      • ‘However, visually this is a treat, and the performances from the largely non-professional cast are charming.’
      • ‘The story is then dramatized by non-professional actors, though the nature of the tale changes with the tellers.’
      • ‘Rosi shot the film in the same village where the real Giuliano came from, using non-professional Sicilian actors.’
      • ‘It is an appealing game for non-professional athletes who perform to the highest standard.’
      • ‘I'm glad you admitted that your opinions are based on what you leaned in your ‘spare time over the years as a non-professional historian.’’
      • ‘He also used many non-professional actors for the people encountered along the way.’
      • ‘Payami gets fine performances from a non-professional cast.’
      • ‘This community-based project featuring nearly 50 non-professional performers is an example of promenade theatre, a form that takes place around, through and with the audience, who are standing.’
      • ‘If you practice in criminal law, the chances are that you'll get to represent some characters that you normally would not associate with in your non-professional life.’
      • ‘Dollenmayer, like the rest of the rest of the non-professional cast members, is a fine actor in that her character seems like a very real person, albeit an incredibly boring one.’
      • ‘It will be an old-fashioned, irrational, and one-sided opinion based very loosely on what I've studied on my spare time over the years as a non-professional historian.’
      • ‘The programme, which begins filming shortly and should be screened at the start of next year, is uniquely geared towards women drivers, in that it seeks to find the nation's most talented, non-professional female racers.’
      • ‘A staggering 10,000 new plays, all from non-professional writers, were submitted.’
      • ‘The whole penalty issue is, to a large degree, standing between boredom and the possibility of making rugby, particularly at the non-professional levels, more entertaining.’
      • ‘It is a scary experience working with non-professional actors, because there's no technique there.’
      • ‘The non-professional cast of mostly children assembled for Turtles Can Fly, many of whom bear the scars of real war and deprivation, is uniformly astonishing.’


  • A non-professional person.

    ‘non-professionals like fruit vendors and newspaper distributors’
    ‘many scientists are indignant when non-professionals interfere’
    • ‘The Cavendish Street gallery is showcasing the work of 10 artists, including both well-known painters and non-professionals.’
    • ‘All of these women, all of these people (save for the engineer), are played by non-professionals, actual residents of Siah Dareh.’
    • ‘There's plenty of room for professionals and non-professionals to blog.’
    • ‘‘In this regard the institute would like to serve notice to employers and non-professionals that they will fight all those that support mediocrity,’ he said.’
    • ‘The film's children are all non-professionals, however, and one wonders to what extent they themselves are products of Glasgow's mean streets.’
    • ‘Participating in it were company dancers and non-professionals.’
    • ‘Luke, 16, is starring in Selby company Workshop Theatre's debut show at the Cumberland Street theatre, as part of a company of six professional actors and 18 non-professionals.’
    • ‘Apparently the entire cast is composed of non-professionals - well, it worked for The Bicycle Thief.’
    • ‘Amongst the non-professionals on the Authority were a television producer, a well-known actress, and a senior bank official.’
    • ‘Exorcists can be divided into two categories: professional and non-professionals.’
    • ‘Ramsay prefers to work with a very open, instinctive cast - a mixture of actors and non-professionals - and to blend actual events with filming fiction.’
    • ‘LeWitt's wall drawings have been executed by trained teams of assistants, by other artists, by non-professionals and even by high school students.’
    • ‘Thanks to a bunch of new video-sharing websites, many of them free to use, thousands of non-professionals are making their personal video footage public with barely a thought.’
    • ‘I always enjoyed working with non-professionals, because their performances are very natural and unaffected.’
    • ‘University archives, on the other hand, are very sparsely visited by non-academics and non-professionals.’
    • ‘It does take some readjustment, however, to accept that a national theatre has any business putting non-professionals on a stage.’
    • ‘This wave consisted of both professionals and non-professionals and included persons from various ethnic groups within Georgia.’
    • ‘Heath's video quickly turned up on TV and the Web, along with many other sequences shot by non-professionals.’
    • ‘Is it illegal to discriminate against non-professionals?’
    • ‘Apart from the two male leads who were professional actors, non-professionals played all the other roles.’
    non-professional, non-specialist, layman, layperson
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