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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Profession \Pro*fes"sion\, noun [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

profession

noun

1: the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists"

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: {profession}, {professing}]

4: affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith; "a profession of Christianity"


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