work ethic


: a belief in work as a moral good : a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard

Examples of work ethic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solution: Removing criminal history can open a business to the many positive outcomes associated with fair chance hiring such as strong work ethic and 13% lower turnover. Mayra Alarcon, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Television Ewen MacIntosh of U.K.’s ‘The Office’ dead at 50: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant lead tributes Feb. 21, 2024 Big Finish contributor David Richardson, who produced Salem’s various audio dramas, remembered the actor’s work ethic and warm personality. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Gavin possesses a deep moral character, faith, and thoughtfulness coupled with a great work ethic and enthusiasm. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Guadalupe and David, both native Puerto Ricans, fostered the singer’s strong work ethic through their displays of determination. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 His teammates on the Buccaneers praised his work ethic, leadership ability and enjoyed his presence in the locker room and on the field. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 Despite initial concerns about his ability and work ethic as a prospect, and the calls for the Panthers to draft quarterback Joey Harrington — who was selected by Detroit with the very next pick— Peppers immediately paid off Carolina’s gamble with 12 sacks during his rookie season. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 14 Feb. 2024 Over 10 years with the same company, Robert has built a foundation of skills, experience, and work ethic to build his successful career. Stand Together Trust, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Players, coaches and staff have marveled at his work ethic and tantalizing skill set. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of work ethic was in 1945

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“Work ethic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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