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unprofessional

[uhn-pruh-fesh-uh-nl] /ˌʌn prəˈfɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
not professional; not pertaining to or characteristic of a profession.
2.
at variance with or contrary to professional standards or ethics; not befitting members of a profession, as language, behavior, or conduct.
3.
not belonging to a profession; nonprofessional.
4.
not done with professional competence, as a play staged or an opera performed by amateurs; amateurish.
5.
Sports. nonprofessional (def 2).
noun
6.
a person who is not a professional; amateur.
Origin of unprofessional
1800-1810
1800-10; un-1 + professional
Related forms
unprofessionalism, noun
unprofessionally, adverb
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  • The suspense and poise of the mind, which is the pride and privilege of the unprofessional scholar, was forbidden him.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • There was no use in trying this through any unprofessional channels.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • While he couldn't collect his own bills, because it is unprofessional for a doctor to dun, people did not hesitate to dun him.

  • You aint so unprofessional as to remember all that silliness against me, are you?

  • He studied an unprofessional walk, and a very colloquial tone in speaking.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for unprofessional

unprofessional

/ˌʌnprəˈfɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
contrary to the accepted code of conduct of a profession
2.
amateur
3.
not belonging to or having the required qualifications for a profession
Derived Forms
unprofessionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unprofessional
adj.

1806, from un- (1) "not" + professional.

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