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

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Recent Examples on the Web One time, fine, maybe even two, but belching often is unprofessional. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Hostile mother-son relationship spills over onto grandchildren," 19 Feb. 2021 And while the report acknowledges that emotions among protesters ran high and spilled over into abuse and violence against police officers, the report also says NYPD officers engaged in actions that were unprofessional or excessive. Mark Morales, CNN, "NYPD mistakes 'likely escalated tensions' at George Floyd protests, city report says," 18 Dec. 2020 Those policies can view cultural styles worn by Black and Brown people -- such as dreadlocks, box braids, long Afros or kinky twists -- as too big, ungroomed, unkempt, too ethnic or unprofessional. Jessica Williams, NOLA.com, "Hairstyle discrimination now banned in New Orleans workplaces; here's why, what that means," 17 Dec. 2020 The Oregon Medical Board stripped Farley of his state medical license on Oct. 2 for dishonorable and unprofessional conduct and gross or repeated negligence. oregonlive, "Lawsuit filed by 29 women can proceed against former West Linn doctor while criminal investigation continues, judge rules," 16 Dec. 2020 Since the dismissals — which several members of ITC’s advisory council painted as unprofessional and mean-spirited — a long list of influential San Antonians have gathered via Zoom to talk about the institute’s future. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures at HemisFair Park is a neglected treasure. Now, community leaders are negotiating to secure its future.," 19 Dec. 2020 The path to sanctions or disbarment of a lawyer for unprofessional conduct is fairly straightforward. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s election lawyers should be disbarred," 14 Dec. 2020 Extremely unprofessional to do this type of thing, honestly pretty trashy. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Mobile sheriff’s ‘thug’ Christmas tree draws criticism for ‘despicable’ racial connotations," 4 Dec. 2020 Police also launched 20 investigations into officer misconduct, including for excessive force, harassment and unprofessional conduct; those investigations remain on-going. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "9 hours of violence: Peaceful protest on May 30 turned to chaos as police tried to keep up," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unprofessional

1770, in the meaning defined above

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26 Feb 2021

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“Unprofessional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprofessional. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unprofessional

: not having or showing the experience, skill, etc., that is expected or appropriate in a person who is trained to do a job well

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