sportsmanship

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noun sports·man·ship \ˈspȯrts-mən-ˌship\

Definition of sportsmanship

  1. :  conduct (such as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport

Examples of sportsmanship in a Sentence

  1. He's a great player who's also admired for his sportsmanship.

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First Known Use of sportsmanship

1897

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SPORTSMANSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

sportsmanship

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noun

Definition of sportsmanship for English Language Learners

  • : fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition


SPORTSMANSHIP Defined for Kids

sportsmanship

play
noun sports·man·ship \ˈspȯrts-mən-ˌship\

Definition of sportsmanship for Students

  1. :  fair play, respect for opponents, and gracious behavior in winning or losing



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