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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But setting limits on these relationships protects both them and you from unprofessional entanglements. New York Times, "Can a Professor Pay for a Student’s Counseling?," 19 June 2018 Cornrows are widely considered unprofessional for work and are banned from some schools. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "We Interviewed 5 Cultural Appropriators at Coachella 2018," 20 Apr. 2018 For too long casual attitudes and unprofessional behavior has been accepted and tolerated in the Capitol. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Republican running for Oregon governor wants top state Dems to resign over sexual harassment at Capitol," 3 Aug. 2018 Getty Images Mindy Kaling made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and promptly accused the host of being unprofessional during his guest appearance on The Mindy Project. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Mindy Kaling Accuses Stephen Colbert of Being Unprofessional on 'The Mindy Project'," 8 Apr. 2016 His public slaying of Shaqiri's on field demeanour comes just days after his brother Gary, who is also working as a pundit but for ITV, labelled Shaqiri as 'unprofessional' during a similar rant about the Stoke City star. SI.com, "Phil Neville Brands Liverpool Target a 'Disgrace' After Brother Gary Calls Him 'Unprofessional'," 3 July 2018 Meek Mill’s lawyers have asked Pennsylvania’s highest court to remove a judge from his long-running criminal case, accusing her of bias and blasting her conduct as unprofessional. Washington Post, "Meek Mill’s lawyers ask court to remove judge from his case," 5 June 2018 In reply, Russia denounced Johnson as unprofessional. Bloomberg.com, "Boris Johnson: Putin Glorifying Hosting World Cup Is ‘Sickening’," 21 Mar. 2018 Gilbert’s, and especially Manziel’s, unprofessional behavior was sometimes shocking, but never surprising. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2014 Draft, Four Years Later," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of unprofessional

1770, in the meaning defined above

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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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