busi·​ness·​like ˈbiz-nəs-ˌlīk How to pronounce businesslike (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of businesslike was in 1677

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“Businesslike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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busi·​ness·​like ˈbiz-nə-ˌslīk How to pronounce businesslike (audio)
: having or showing qualities desirable in business

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