Definition of paraprofessional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌperəprəˈfeSH(ə)n(ə)l/
chiefly North American


A person to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated but who is not licensed to practice as a fully qualified professional.
Example sentences
  • Each team consists of ten professionals or paraprofessionals, including a psychiatrist, linked to a hospital or community mental health center.
  • A third concern about the practices employed regarding paraprofessionals is that the majority of respondents reported that no one planned for the paraprofessional.
  • This study also identified some concerns about the practices employed by teachers and districts regarding paraprofessionals.


Relating to paraprofessionals: the union advocated paraprofessional help for nonteaching duties
More example sentences
  • Both identified themselves as in 12-step recovery for many years, did not hold degrees in a human service field, and had several years of paraprofessional experience.
  • The rationale was that patients could readily identify with paraprofessional case managers and be receptive to their influence.
  • They acquire skills in the areas of welfare and counseling, as well as the usual range of paraprofessional duties.
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