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Words nearby professionalism
What does professionalism mean?
Professionalism is based on the word professional, which is commonly used as an adjective to describe someone who works in this way—someone who shows professionalism. Professionalism is shown by people who take their work seriously and respect the people they work with.
The word professionalism can also be used to distinguish the practices of a person who gets paid for their work from those of an amateur (which is someone who does it for fun).
Example: That level of skill, dedication, and professionalism are exactly what we’re looking for in our next production manager.
Where does professionalism come from?
The first records of the word professionalism come from the mid-1880s. The word professional is recorded earlier, in the mid-1700s. It comes from the word profession, referring to one’s occupation—what one does for work. The root of all these words is the Latin professiō, meaning “public acknowledgment.” (The English words profess and professor are related.)
Someone who shows professionalism is good at their job—they’re skilled and competent—but the word often implies more than that. People described as true professionals conduct themselves in a way that shows respect for those they work with, as well as anyone else they might interact with as part of their job, such as customers. The word is often used in reference to those with experience and a knowledge of how to act in the workplace, but you don’t need to have experience to show professionalism.
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What are some other forms of professionalism?
- professional (adjective, noun)
- professionally (adverb)
- professionalist (noun)
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What are some words that often get used in discussing professionalism?
How is professionalism used in real life?
Professionalism is always used positively. It’s often used in job listings seeking an employee who will work with professionalism and in compliments about such workers.
I want to be exceedingly clear: We wouldn’t have been nearly as prepared and our teachers wouldn’t have been nearly as supported if not for the outstanding work ethic and professionalism of the #FCPSsbts. I say this as both a parent and an FCPS educator.
— Drew Campbell (@MrDrewCampbell) April 16, 2020
Incredibly proud of all my football clients, and how each of them exemplify the principles & values upon which KMM was founded. And our 2020 Draft Class has been beyond impressive, handling this draft process with patience and professionalism. SO honored to be their agent.
— Kelli Masters Mgmt (@KMMsports) April 16, 2020
Even when my friends/family book/order a cake, I maintain professionalism at all times. Even the voice changes.
— Bhubesi the Baker (Bhuby, for context) (@ManthaRudd) May 12, 2020
Try using professionalism!
Which of the following words does NOT describe someone who is showing professionalism?
Example sentences from the Web for professionalism
Little the criminals knew about the professionalism of journalists.Violent Assaults on Reporters in Russia Go Unpunished|Anna Nemtsova|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Physicians will regain our professionalism when we stop participating in this circus.
It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Bloomberg conveyed a sense of professionalism and of someone very much in control.Can De Blasio Be Less Blah? The Mayor Who Needs a Makeover|Lloyd Grove|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carrie resented him for taking over and questioned his professionalism when he stabbed Brody in the hand during an interrogation.‘Homeland’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Season 3 Premiere|Andrew Romano|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Cult of the Nation is the professionalism of the people.Creative Unity|Rabindranath Tagore
Professionalism has disappeared, and in Jeremiah the official idea also vanishes.The Evolution of Old Testament Religion|W. E. Orchard
But it did not immediately usher in as its successor an era of professionalism and responsiveness to the wishes of the public.The Fairfax County Courthouse|Ross D. Netherton
The consciousness of God had not been blurred by long years of professionalism.A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Beethoven were not slaves to their own professionalism; no doubt they could laugh at it themselves.Essays on Art|A. Clutton-Brock