pro·​fes·​sion·​al·​ism prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce professionalism (audio)
: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person
: the following of a profession (such as athletics) for gain or livelihood

Example Sentences

For writers such as Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson, struggling in the transition from the age of patronage to that of Grub Street professionalism, Shakespeare offered not only a body of poetic invention but also an inspirational career trajectory. Jonathan Bate, Harper's, April 2007 In Washington, careerism has so trumped professionalism among political journalists as to render Alterman's ethical concerns almost quaint. Gene Lyons, Harper's, October 2003 It is difficult not to contrast the professionalism of modestly paid firefighters and police doing their duty on September 11 with the secretive … behavior of six- and seven-figure accountants, lawyers, CEOs, bankers, and financial analysts who failed at their duty with Enron. Bruce Nussbaum, Business Week, 28 Jan. 2002 A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients. She is highly respected for her professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the previous professionalism of LinkedIn will become more humanized. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The professionalism has brought them closer together as more than just teammates. Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2022 Ethical quandaries aside, the team couldn’t help but take pride in the professionalism of their work. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2022 Florida, which spans two time zones, reports its tallies with professionalism and dispatch. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 In 2019, Xi even changed the CCP’s evaluating criteria for leading cadres so that the very first is commitment to his eponymous political thought—gnawing away at the professionalism of governance. Charlie Campbell, Time, 11 Oct. 2022 Diplomatic nods must be considered, functionality is key on long days with multiple appointments, and state heads must look approachable while retaining an air of the utmost professionalism. Alice Newbold, Glamour, 7 Oct. 2022 During the leanest of years there was the professionalism of a player who served as leader on the court and in the locker room, a player who embodied much of the Heat Lifer motto that came later. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 24 Sep. 2022 My deepest gratitude to the cast members, who have brought our characters to life with their impassioned performances — thank you for your talent, professionalism, and continuous enthusiasm. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 21 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of professionalism was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Professionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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