un·pro·fes·sion·al | \ ˌən-prə-ˈfesh-nəl , -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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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 But Hunter has been dogged by serious legal and ethics scandals, accused of having inappropriate relationships with women, drinking on the job, and other unprofessional conduct, which his office has denied. Tara Golshan, Vox, "June 5 primary: live results for key races in California, New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, and Montana," 5 June 2018 The law will classify the practice as unprofessional conduct. CBS News, "Maryland bans "gay conversion therapy" for minors," 16 May 2018 But the decades-long strategy of covering up unprofessional behavior (or even criminal behavior) backfired. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Bill Shine covered up sexual harassment at Fox News for decades until the plot blew up in his face," 5 July 2018 Howard then threatens to fire Jake for being unprofessional in his handling of Fred, questioning Simone’s choice of lover in the process. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Episode 6: Careful What You Wish For," 11 June 2018 But others complained that the post was racist, unprofessional and a waste of taxpayers' money. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Police department's 'popo' Facebook prank fools internet, sparks controversy," 8 May 2018 James Hogan and Patri Friedman, who’d employed Gevers on the libertarian-city project, took to Medium to describe troubling patterns of evasive and unprofessional behavior. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 In a series of bad decision after bad decision, Tess kisses Scott, who (bless his heart) pushes her away and calls her unprofessional. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Episode 5: What About Sasha?," 4 June 2018

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1770, in the meaning defined above

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