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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The highest level of integrity, professionalism and expertise in real estate awaits you at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Located in Littleton, 395 Shadycroft Drive is a charming, dream-like estate," 6 June 2019 By contrast, a state agency’s review of the Clay County Jail after Rudolph’s death determined that the jail had displayed professionalism and treated Rudolph with compassion. Dave Olson, Twin Cities, "Minnesota inmate, 19, died from care so inadequate it shocks the conscience, lawsuit alleges," 3 June 2019 Participation demonstrates a remodeler’s commitment to professionalism and to the remodeling industry. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 He has been given many difficult assignments over the years that have always been handled with skill and professionalism. Travis Andersen,, "Bristol and Suffolk prosecutors who worked on Aaron Hernandez cases win awards," 23 May 2018 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

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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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