un·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌən-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce unprofessional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of unprofessional

: not exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, or generally businesslike manner in the workplace : not professional unprofessional attire unprofessional comments

Examples of unprofessional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dixon also faced charges by the licensing board of gross negligence and unprofessional conduct, according to records. Matt Hamiltonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Independent counsel Beth Wilkinson and her firm interviewed more than 150 people, mostly current and former team employees, and concluded that the workplace environment there was highly unprofessional, particularly regarding the treatment of women. Harold Maass, The Week, 2 July 2021 Black women are often told their natural hair is unprofessional, said Tamara Morgan, 18, an Atlanta high school senior. Annie Ma, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2022 But beyond that, the Russians are just surprisingly unprofessional. Peter Bergen, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Wallace shared with me an 18-page account detailing her allegations of sexist and unprofessional treatment over the course of her five years at RT America, written at the time of her departure from the company. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2022 Technically none of that broke any team rules, but it was considered reckless and unprofessional by many around the club. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Having recently come back to work after maternity leave, Schuld realized afterward that this decision was, in a way, the new normal and far from unprofessional. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2022 That sounds like a really unprofessional way of expressing that genre. Bradley Stern, Billboard, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unprofessional

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprofessional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprofessional. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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