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An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.

[Latin āvocātiō, āvocātiōn-, diversion, from āvocātus, past participle of āvocāre, to call away : ā-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

av′o·ca′tion·al adj.
av′o·ca′tion·al·ly adv.
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of or relating to avocation
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Adj.1.avocational - of or involved in an avocationavocational - of or involved in an avocation  
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Frederick Lowe, the Palatine Concert Band is an adult volunteer organization that provides an outlet for both avocational and professional musicians to perform fine wind band literature.
Great satisfaction still can be found in singing, but on an avocational, rather than professional basis.
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They were completely able to perform usual activities of daily living (self-care, vocational, and avocational).
The company offers avocational culinary instruction programs in the United States, teaching over 100,000 cooking enthusiasts each year.
Nearing retirement after a career in the secular market, he has combined his avocational interest in genealogy with his research into the history of the family of Jesus.
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Representing geographic localities is not what it used to be, because of globalization and increased personal mobility; locality is not without political importance, but many people today care more about representation of their personal values, group identities, and vocational and avocational interests.
Now, as part of Project Ampersand, we have begun building a database of all our alumni that is sortable by a wide range of professional experiences and avocational interests.