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[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-uh m] /prəˈfɛʃ ə nlˌɪz əm/
professional character, spirit, or methods.
the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.
Origin of professionalism
1855-60; professional + -ism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for professionalism
  • It is not complicated to determine a professionalism of a custom research paper service.
  • professionalism aside, no one involved walked away savoring the experience.
  • It displays a lack of professionalism, and undermines the truth and authority of your voice.
  • It teaches professionalism, and its faculty are supposed to model integrity.
  • But definitions of profession and professionalism change.
  • Her clients appreciate her unparalleled expertise, boundless energy and matchless professionalism.
  • Job seekers are often warned to carefully curate their online image to preserve an aura of professionalism.
  • Lots of them now offer courses on ethics, surely a key attribute of professionalism.
  • No disciplines have seized on professionalism with as much enthusiasm as the humanities.
  • They adapt to new environments with professionalism, intelligence and commitment, and have demonstrated this time and time again.
British Dictionary definitions for professionalism


the methods, character, status, etc, of a professional
the pursuit of an activity for gain or livelihood
Derived Forms
professionalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for professionalism

1846, from professional (adj.) + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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