[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-uh m]


professional character, spirit, or methods.
the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.

Origin of professionalism

First recorded in 1855–60; professional + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper