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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Cult of the Nation is the professionalism of the people.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • Bull-fighting is one of the many sports that have been ruined by professionalism.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • Nursing is a striking instance of the modern trend toward specialization, which is but another term for professionalism.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • The consciousness of God had not been blurred by long years of professionalism.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Milton was tempted into the jargon of these last two lines, which are like a bad translation of a Greek play, by professionalism.

    Essays on Art A. Clutton-Brock
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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