pro·​fes·​sion·​al·​ism | \ prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce professionalism (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of professionalism

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

Examples of professionalism in a Sentence

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 In Washington, careerism has so trumped professionalism among political journalists as to render Alterman's ethical concerns almost quaint. — Gene Lyons, Harper's, October 2003 It is difficult not to contrast the professionalism of modestly paid firefighters and police doing their duty on September 11 with the secretive … behavior of six- and seven-figure accountants, lawyers, CEOs, bankers, and financial analysts who failed at their duty with Enron. — Bruce Nussbaum, Business Week, 28 Jan. 2002 A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients. She is highly respected for her professionalism.
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Since taking over for Stinchcomb seven years ago, Strief has anchored the right side of the Saints offensive line with professionalism and proficiency. Jeff Duncan,, "Literally, figuratively, the Saints are losing a giant in Zach Strief," 12 Mar. 2018 In keeping with this trust, ICE’s enforcement activities are conducted with integrity and professionalism. Jeff Gammage,, "About 40 protesters blocking doors to Philly ICE," 3 July 2018 The food industry’s higher profile over the past decade, stoked by food-themed television programs, has helped increase professionalism, Ms. Largey says. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "A Reckoning With the Dark Side of the Restaurant Industry," 12 Nov. 2018 These have been trying times for the White Sox without even factoring in the family pain still present for Renteria, whose professionalism in the face of personal grief has underscored what makes him right for a job requiring so much perspective. David Haugh,, "Struggling White Sox finally give their manager reason to smile on emotional day," 13 May 2018 Parker, tremendously talented but afflicted by injury and professionalism issues, has been somewhat of an enigma with Miami. Chris Perkins,, "Dolphins pick up fifth-year option on receiver DeVante Parker," 24 Apr. 2018 And that spirit, professionalism, determination and resilience is powerful beyond measure. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Prince Harry's Powerful Speech at the Endeavour Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 Klopp also praised the professionalism of his side in their preparation for and during the game against Porto on Tuesday, and can now switch their focus to a huge clash on Saturday against Manchester United in the Premier League., "Jurgen Klopp Claims Liverpool 'Belong' In Champions League Quarter Finals After Porto Aggregate Win," 7 Mar. 2018 Promotional materials include testimonials from trainees lauding the informative courses and professionalism of instructors. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Arizona National Guard hired suspended doctor for training," 15 July 2015

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First Known Use of professionalism

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of professionalism

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

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