busi·​ness·​like | \ˈbiz-nəs-ˌlīk, -nəz-\

Definition of businesslike 

1 : exhibiting qualities believed to be advantageous in business

Examples of businesslike in a Sentence

His businesslike approach to the dispute was very helpful.

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But even his supporters sometimes shake their heads at Chiang’s soft-spoken, businesslike manner, which is very different from the ebullient approach of many politicians. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "3 California Democrats in a scramble for second in governor’s race," 20 May 2018 All personnel are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner that projects a professional and businesslike image while adhering to company and industry standards and/or guidelines. . . . Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Woman with dreadlocks says Mobile company wouldn't hire her, appeals to Supreme Court," 23 Apr. 2018 Former Councilman Jason White said the charter was written to guard against the favoritism that was pervasive in city hiring practices before professional administrators were brought in to run city government in a more businesslike matter. Steve Vockrodt And Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Acting director of Independence Power & Light to resign after fractious city meeting," 27 June 2018 But news of the party’s kickoff, announced by the quiet, businesslike Shahbaz Sharif, was swept aside by blanket media coverage and fervid speculation on the court ruling and its probable impact on the Sharif family in the coming election. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption case," 6 July 2018 The arrests occurred in a businesslike manner, with no signs of hostility on the part of protesters or police. Michael Dresser,, "Five arrested at Maryland State House in Poor People's Campaign protest," 4 June 2018 Adam’s parts are making contact with my parts, one businesslike step after another. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Can the Political Override the Personal?," 29 June 2018 The other players in the league respect him for his clean, businesslike approach to the game, as well as his near-genius level of shooting and defending. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 Kevin Ollie was so businesslike, an NBA lifer who, past all the Ollie-isms that refueled passion back in 2012, really wanted to be left alone. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Dan Hurley Cool In Public, About To Bring Heat To Gym," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of businesslike

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: having or showing qualities that are considered good in business : serious, polite, and practical

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obstinately defiant of authority

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