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).
  1. a person who is not a professional; amateur.

Origin of unprofessional

First recorded in 1800–10; un-1 + professional
Related formsun·pro·fes·sion·al·ism, nounun·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb
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  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 Formsunprofessionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unprofessionalism



1806, from un- (1) "not" + professional.

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