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a. A college or university teacher who ranks above an associate professor.
b. A teacher or instructor.
2. One who professes.

[Middle English professour, from Old French professeur, from Latin professor, from professus, past participle of profitērī, to profess; see profess.]

pro′fes·so′ri·al (prō′fĭ-sôr′ē-əl, prŏf′ĭ-) adj.
pro′fes·so′ri·al·ly adv.
pro·fes′sor·ship′ n.
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Adv.1.professorially - in a professorial manner; "she behaved very professorially"
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