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Amateurism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    amateurism n : the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
Amateurism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Amateurism \Am"a*teur*ism\, n. The practice, habit, or work of an amateur.
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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.

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