busi·​ness·​like | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌlīk How to pronounce businesslike (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer — the Democrats are now down to a bunch of white folks standing around talking — were perfectly competent and buttoned down and businesslike. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Democratic debate dug deep on policy. Despite nudges, candidates dodged personal attacks," 14 Jan. 2020 What a businesslike Viking roaming Iceland in, say, 874... WSJ, "‘Wild Way of the Vikings’ Review: Conquerors or Conservationists?," 7 Feb. 2019 The ascenders and descenders are consequently short; in her view that gives the font a clinical, businesslike air unsuited to fiction. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019 Some are businesslike, others are more casual in their conversation. Jackie Pilossoph,, "Column: This holiday season, give a knowing nod to the salespeople in your life," 5 Dec. 2019 The guys who play at the Program have a businesslike approach to them., "DURHAM, N.H. — Johnny Beecher is not Patrice Bergeron.," 23 Nov. 2019 Marshall comes at this problem with degrees of irony, bitterness and optimism — and just as often with a businesslike shrug of the shoulders — in a body of work that is as compelling as any living painter’s. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Untitled (policeman)’ shines a light on race, among other things," 6 Nov. 2019 Muscle Shoals quarterback Logan Smothers displayed a businesslike demeanor against his former team in leading the No. 2-ranked Class 6A Trojans to a 49-21 romp over Athens Friday night for the Region 7 title. al, "Logan Smothers leads Muscle Shoals past Athens," 19 Oct. 2019 Edmundson goes to the Hurricanes as part of the cost of doing business, and his businesslike play will be missed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Blues geared up for challenge of being defending champions," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of businesslike

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jan 2020

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“Businesslike.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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