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  • adjective of, relating to, or being an avocation

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  • adjective of or involved in an avocation


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  • Provides short-term avocational/nonprofessional cooking classes for entertainment and education.

    The Spark of Yahoo!

  • It was fascinating to read the biographies of these fine avocational musicians in the program — one is an ear, nose and throat surgeon; another is a special-education teacher.

    A Remarkably Inventive A Cappella Premiere

  • For the past several years I've made an avocational study of Jesus and his followers in their historical context, namely the two hundred years from 100 BCE to 100 CE, with particular attention to the question of what we can reasonably think Jesus said versus what others said he said or said about him.

    I'm Down With Jesus -- It's Christ That Gives Me Problems

  • A pioneer in public outreach, the CAA engaged the interest of thousands of students of all ages during the decadelong excavation of the Koster site in the 1970s, when it began avocational field schools for adults and students.

    From the President: Recognizing Excellence

  • Manil Suri's avocational interests include painting and cooking, which he claims are the only respites from the horror of being a mathematician and a writer.

    Manil Suri biography

  • With the exception of what I can only assume is a small army of Aspen cocaine dealers, the outlaws in these mountains are mostly in it for the kicks: avocational outlaws.


  • Fortunately for the film, Ronnie's geologist brother Tom is half of the aforementioned happy couple; the other half, Gerri — they've heard all the jokes about their names — is a therapist and avocational Mother Earth.

    I Love You, Brave, Bracing 'Blue Valentine'

  • The novel, The Shakespeare Chronicles, was begun almost immediately but, like many avocational belles lettres, took a long time to finish.

    Stromata Blog:

  • Most recently, Keith Stokes, an avocational Rhode Island historian descended from slaves and slave owners in Newport, RI has articulated the practice in colonial Newport of slaves hiring Quaker women to teach their children.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Sotomayor, Gates and Race”:

  • “I have an avocational interest in reviving the moribund skill of quantitative estimation, to reduce the amount of arrant nonsense decent but nonexpert folks swallow from soi disant experts or Chicken Littles bent on infantilizing free men out of their freedom.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The World’s Youngest Suspected Terrorist


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