professionalism

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noun pro·fes·sion·al·ism \prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈfe-shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of professionalism

  1. 1 :  the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person

  2. 2 :  the following of a profession (such as athletics) for gain or livelihood

Examples of professionalism in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients.

  5. She is highly respected for her professionalism.

Recent Examples of professionalism from the Web

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First Known Use of professionalism

1856


PROFESSIONALISM Defined for English Language Learners

professionalism

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Definition of professionalism for English Language Learners

  • : 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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