pro·fes·sion·al·ism | \ prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm , -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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Particularly the reaction to the first goal, then the reaction to the second goal, which for a team of our caliber and professionalism is very poor. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 3-0 to surging North Carolina Courage," 30 June 2018 Rule violated: Failing to treat a member of the public with courtesy and professionalism. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what happened to the officers involved in the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown," 4 June 2018 To maintain integrity of the office of constable; to serve and protect with compassion, courtesy, professionalism and patience by firmly upholding the law without fear or prejudice, and without infringing on the rights of others. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Voters guide: Candidates for Jefferson County attorney and other races," 15 May 2018 Turpin exhibits impressive skills when dealing with the public, which is proven by the numerous notes, cards and commendations sent in from citizens commending his courtesy and professionalism while enforcing laws, LaChasse added. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: Entities prove service to community is top priority," 27 Mar. 2018 The answer is a mix of passion and professionalism. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 2018 In 1990, Hill was tapped as artistic director by Fountain Hills Community Theater, a young company eager to move up the ladder of professionalism. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "O.G. Original Greasepaint: How Peter J. Hill built a theater scene one show at a time," 9 June 2018 For years, the NCAA has acted like professionalism is worse than isotope poisoning. Sally Jenkins,, "As Arike Ogunbowale dances with gusto, the NCAA sidesteps with cowardice," 2 May 2018 Freddy and Hos bring such professionalism, innings one through nine. Kevin Acee,, "Padres rally to beat Braves after Andy Green is ejected," 15 June 2018

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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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