Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Amateurism'
n : the conviction that people should participate in sports as a
hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
- Amateurism \Am"a*teur*ism\, n.
The practice, habit, or work of an amateur.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Amateurism'
An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, "lover") is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science, without pay and often without formal training. An amateur receives little or irregular income from their activities, and thus differs from a professional who makes a living from the pursuit and typically has formal training and certifications in the domain. The term, deriving from words for "lover", reflects a voluntary motivation to work as a result of personal interest in the activity. As a value system, amateurism elevates things done with self-interest or for their own intrinsic value above those done for pay. The term has particular currency in its usage with regard to sports.
Amateurism can be seen in both a negative and positive light. Since amateurs often do not have formal training, some amateur work may be sub-par. For example, amateur athletes in sports such as basketball baseball or football are regarded as having a lower level of ability than professional athletes. On the other hand, an amateur may be in a position to approach a subject with an open mind (as a result of the lack of formal training) and in a financially disinterested manner.[See more about Amateurism at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]