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.
Recent Examples on the Web The exhibition aims to set the record straight, unpicking the role designers and architects have played since the emergence of professionalism in football in the 1880s. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 The truth is the professionalism won Game 4 over pretense. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 Aikman, meanwhile, is a pillar of NFL professionalism; A three-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer who gives ESPN’s unsteady football package an immediate dose of gravitas. Jason Gay, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Kupp, the Super Bowl MVP, has spoken at length about Woods’ professionalism from the start of his Rams tenure. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 French rugby league was birthed in a similar way to rugby league in most places: through accusations of professionalism levied by rugby union authorities. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 In general, the Assembly has attempted to maintain professionalism, but the constant stress of trying to get work done with those who don’t value the democratic process has slowed down the people’s business. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 Book-direct sites, too, can indicate a certain professionalism, and might also save you money. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 4 Mar. 2022 Aderhold noticed the same professionalism while acting with them. Patrick St. Michel, Billboard, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of professionalism

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2022

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“Professionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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