any business practice in which happiness is sacrificed for success.
"Bill wears a 3 piece business suit everyday no matter how hot it is outside."

"Yeah, his dedication to professionalism will get him far in business...but not life."

or

"Stop leaning back in your chair. Where is your professionalism?"

"Sorry about that, boss. For a moment I forgot success is more important than comfort or happiness.
by the wise sloth August 06, 2009
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A person who tries way to hard to be taken seriously.
Look at John with his linked in profile and his fancy car, what a professional professional.
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The art of maintaining a professional appearance and attitude while projecting a tremendous amount of personality.
Jason has the professionality to meet with clients and still be the life of the office.
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1. Somebody who gets paid for what they do (as opposed to an amateur).

2. Somebody who works at a job that requires a decent amount of skill and knowledge. Examples: physician, carpenter, chef, engineer. Counter-examples: fast-food clerk, toll-booth attendant, marketing executive, politician, preacher.

3. A Yuppie. The term is used in this way only by Yuppies themselves.
Bob finally realized his dream of becoming a professional bowler.

35 year old white female professional seeks black male for bondage fantasies. Must be discreet.
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1. (Adjective)

a. Of or relating to the characteristic of professionalism, usually applicable in medium to large corporations. A characteristic in which one is expected to put one's employer and duties thereof above family, human dignity, and health.

b. One is is professional is monitored to ensure they are walking around with a sarcastic respect for other people in the corporation, even when there are very real burdens on the professional person's mind.

c. A description unfairly assigned only to one who devotes more time and energy to his occupation in the company than to his marriage, family, and health.

d. The manner in which a task is performed in a company, as long as it reflects the professional qualities of the performer.

e. A WORD THAT HAS LOST IT'S MEANING IN CORPORATE NONSENSE AND BIG-CORPORATION SYNDROME. There are still GOOD professionals out there--ones that are passionate about the good work they do and have freed themselves to do it.

2. (Noun)

a. One who is enslaved to the characteristic of professionalism in order to keep their job (see Professional - adj.)

b. One who wears fancy clothes that tell nothing of their character or skill, whether good or bad.

c. Often higher manager that treats subordinates less "professionally" than they look.
"Fred worked until 2:00AM yesterday. He's way more professional than we are!" (adj.)

"Your speech was very professional, Arty!"
"Don't insult me!"
"Well that was unprofessional..."
"Thank you." (adj.)

"This is our professional team of salesmen."
"No, we're people who enjoy people and exercise that on the side in the form of sales." (adj)

(Interview)
"Would you describe yourself as...professional?"
"No, and here's why. The meaning of the word pro--"
"Okay, that'll be all. Have a nice life!"

"When I grow up, I want to be a professional!"
"No you don't Johnny, don't believe that nonsense." (noun)

"You're a real professional!"
"Thanks for the good intent, but don't ever say that again. Thanks." (noun)
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a combination of professionalism and personality used typically in a work-setting to describe a person who works hard but also shows other fun/pleasing aspects of their character
She's a great candidate anyway but her professionality is really what got her the job!
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