professional expert

A person who is skilled in a professional occupation, the word professional being here used as it generally is, to distinguish classes of professional persons from those who are engaged in the various occupations of business or trade. We speak of the professions of medicine, law, and divinity as the learned professions, and also of the profession of arms. And the term has come to be applied to other occupations or callings, all of which require learned and special preparation in the acquirement of scientific knowledge and skill, necessary to a proper understanding and successful management of such occupations; for example the professional occupation of a civil engineer. Commonwealth ex rel. Hensel v Fitler, 147 Pa 288, 23 A 568. See expert witness.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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