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[spawrts-muh n-ship, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrts mənˌʃɪp, ˈspoʊrts-/
the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.
Origin of sportsmanship
1735-45; sportsman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Video games build problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and teamwork and sportsmanship when played in groups.
  • The award goes to the player who who exhibits perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • It was the embrace of sportsmanship, the gesture that said if you are going to beat me, make it memorable.
  • State-sanctioned sports betting conveys the message that sports are more about money than personal achievement and sportsmanship.
  • Show evidence of knowledge and sportsmanship performance includes self-monitoring of rule infractions.
  • Fun, safety, skill development and good sportsmanship are key elements of the program design.
  • Our objective is for players to gain knowledge of skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
  • The game was another great example of the sportsmanship he embodies.
  • Sports camp will encourage physical fitness while teaching participants the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • Emphasis will be on fundamentals, teamwork, individual improvement and sportsmanship.
Word Origin and History for sportsmanship

"conduct worthy of a sportsman," 1745, from sportsman + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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