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[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-uh m]
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  1. professional character, spirit, or methods.
  2. the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.
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Origin of professionalism

First recorded in 1855–60; professional + -ism
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Related Words for professionalism

respectability, civility, rectitude, expertise, competence, steadiness, thoroughness, probity, dedication, willingness, sophistication, acumen, reliability, facility

Examples from the Web for professionalism

Contemporary Examples of professionalism

Historical Examples of professionalism

  • Another mark of professionalism is its manipulative tendency.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • The Cult of the Nation is the professionalism of the people.

    Creative Unity

    Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

  • 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


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


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

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