(?), 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.
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A solemn vow, promise, and profession.
Bk. of Com. Prayer.
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2. That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a claim; as, his professions are insincere.
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The Indians quickly perceive the coincidence or the contradiction between professions and conduct.
J. Morse.
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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.
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Hi tried five or six professions in turn.
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The three professions, or learned professions, are, especially, theology, law, and medicine.
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4. The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as, the profession distrust him.
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5. (Eccl. Law.) The act of entering, or becoming a member of, a religious order.
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