professionalism


pro·fes·sion·al·ism

noun \prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈfe-shə-nə-ˌli-\

: the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Full Definition of PROFESSIONALISM

1
:  the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional)
2
:  the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood

Examples of PROFESSIONALISM

  1. A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients.
  2. She is highly respected for her professionalism.
  3. For writers such as Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson, struggling in the transition from the age of patronage to that of Grub Street professionalism, Shakespeare offered not only a body of poetic invention but also an inspirational career trajectory. —Jonathan Bate, Harper's, April 2007

First Known Use of PROFESSIONALISM

1856

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