[ uhn-pruh-fesh-uh-nl ]
/ ˌʌn prəˈfɛʃ ə nl /
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not professional; not pertaining to or characteristic of a profession.
at variance with or contrary to professional standards or ethics; not befitting members of a profession, as language, behavior, or conduct.
not belonging to a profession; nonprofessional.
not done with professional competence, as a play staged or an opera performed by amateurs; amateurish.
Sports. nonprofessional (def. 2).
a person who is not a professional; amateur.
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Origin of unprofessional
First recorded in 1800–10; un-1 + professional
OTHER WORDS FROM unprofessionalun·pro·fes·sion·al·ism, nounun·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use unprofessional in a sentence
But the woman who did handle it has been under a storm of Internet outrage over her seeming callousness and unprofessionalism.Amanda Berry’s 911 Dispatcher Under Fire for Blasé Response|David Freedlander|May 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for unprofessional
/ (ˌʌnprəˈfɛʃənəl) /
contrary to the accepted code of conduct of a profession
not belonging to or having the required qualifications for a profession
Derived forms of unprofessionalunprofessionally, adverb
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