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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
1800-1810
1800-10; un-1 + professional
Related forms
unprofessionalism, noun
unprofessionally, adverb
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Examples for unprofessional
  • unprofessional, unethical or improper behavior is unacceptable.
  • The investigation may certainly have been unprofessional, and deserves the scrutiny it will no doubt receive.
  • The sport was unprofessional, the circuits and the cars were dangerous, and drivers were often killed.
  • Perhaps they had a bad experience with an unprofessional clown at a birthday party.
  • Only despotic leaders and unprofessional hacks should have something to hide from those they supposedly serve.
  • Revealing which one of the four is a traitor in a review is simply unprofessional and unacceptable.
  • To be ten minutes late for a meeting is considered unprofessional, even rude.
  • Writing a piece as unbalanced as this one is not only unprofessional, it is irresponsible and dangerous.
  • Bank gets bailed out it fails due to to unprofessional work of its management.
  • It makes you look unprofessional considering that you lean heavily on facts.
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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