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professionalism

[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-uh m] /prəˈfɛʃ ə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
professional character, spirit, or methods.
2.
the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.
Origin of professionalism
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; professional + -ism
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  • Another mark of professionalism is its manipulative tendency.

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    Reuel L. Howe
  • The Cult of the Nation is the professionalism of the people.

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  • Fourth, maintaining a professional distance was a hallmark of professionalism.

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  • No hint, even, of professionalism tainted them, it was said.

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

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
British Dictionary definitions for professionalism

professionalism

/prəˈfɛʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the methods, character, status, etc, of a professional
2.
the pursuit of an activity for gain or livelihood
Derived Forms
professionalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for professionalism
n.

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

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