busi·​ness·​like | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌlīk How to pronounce businesslike (audio) , -nəz- \

Definition of businesslike

1 : exhibiting qualities believed to be advantageous in business

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His businesslike approach to the dispute was very helpful.
Recent Examples on the Web On the field, Aaron was businesslike and always did the right thing. John Shea,, "Hank Aaron’s Giants connections go deeper than Willie Mays and Barry Bonds," 22 Jan. 2021 With nowhere to go, maybe the trips become even more businesslike and players more focused. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers newsletter: Talen Horton-Tucker has been the talk of the town," 16 Dec. 2020 Remain businesslike and sensible in order to avoid being drawn into impossible schemes. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 25, 2020: Taurus, prioritize tasks; Aquarius, you’re feeling optimistic, but others aren’t," 25 Nov. 2020 Fortunately for Kelly, those players who have chosen to play for him have adopted their coach’s businesslike approach. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "A muffled UCLA-USC rivalry game might be best for Chip Kelly and Clay Helton," 11 Dec. 2020 The board should be businesslike in its handling of HOA finances, which includes good stewardship of the HOA’s income — and not cutting it off! Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Reader questions on assessment payments," 28 Nov. 2020 The demeanor of the team is far more businesslike than in 2019. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Where Kevin Stefanski stands in NFL Coach of the Year race after Week 9 of the 2020 season," 10 Nov. 2020 Morikawa, ever businesslike, briefly savored the panorama and then resumed his preparations for this week’s Masters. Ron Kroichick,, "Collin Morikawa on Augusta National: ‘I’m not afraid of any course out here’," 10 Nov. 2020 Kunin’s departure kicked off the day, setting a businesslike tone for the Wild. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild continues theme of change; Kunin sent to Nashville for Bonino," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of businesslike

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Businesslike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of businesslike

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

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