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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The professionalism of the troops on the ground, beginning with our troops, is such that these incidents have not escalated. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. Troops in Standoffs With Russian Military Contractors in Syria," 5 Feb. 2020 What has come into sharper focus in the first days of public testimony is the professionalism of the country’s diplomatic corps and the lengths to which the president has gone to attack the quality and value of that service., "Hearings underscore the pressure on career officials struggling to serve under Trump - The Boston Globe," 16 Nov. 2019 The raid deep into northwestern Syria speaks once again to the incredible professionalism of the U.S. Special Forces and the intelligence analysts who help target their operations. Brett Mcgurk, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Baghdadi’s death underscores what we’ve lost in Syria," 28 Oct. 2019 That tells me that the professionalism of the force and their understanding of what leadership should look like has improved a lot because of the four-phase model. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After reports of drill instructor misconduct, Marine Corps says efforts to crack down are showing results," 21 Oct. 2019 The larger mission of the museum is to advertise the professionalism of law enforcement. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Everything is professional at the National Law Enforcement Museum. That’s a problem.," 9 Oct. 2019 With Lukaku now set to finally join long-term suitors Inter, former United right-back Neville says the club will actually benefit from getting the Belgium international's alleged lack of professionalism out of the dressing room., "Gary Neville Rinses 'Overweight and Unprofessional' Romelu Lukaku Ahead of Imminent Inter Move," 8 Aug. 2019 The family would like to acknowledge the professionalism and kindness of all the people who work and live at Arbor Rose in New Britain., "Elizabeth C. Satalino," 5 June 2019 Meticulously researched and flawlessly written, the book treats its obscure, contemptible subject with the same professionalism that Mr. Sisman brought to Trevor-Roper and the Boswell-Johnson relationship. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘The Professor and the Parson’ Review: Father of Lies," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of professionalism

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Professionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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