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 Inna decided that Svetlana would be businesslike, narrating the details of the trip and asking practical questions. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 In an anonymous city-center hotel room, a late middle-aged woman, businesslike in prim pencil skirt and blouse, takes a piece of paper from her handbag. Olivia Marks, Vogue, 17 June 2022 The interior is a businesslike place to be, and a comfortable one at that. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 June 2022 Richard stubbornly shares that love, even as his more defensive posture — he’s analytical and businesslike to a fault, and a little smug — threatens to thwart the viewer’s compassion. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 But there’s an opening up to new possibilities, even with the seemingly businesslike Su-jin. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 The Suns had a very businesslike win in Game 5, and now will enter a raucous road environment to try and close things out. Mark Heim |, al, 28 Apr. 2022 The spare, businesslike interior design borders on blandness, and there's plenty of hard plastic in evidence. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 The silhouette ran from loose trousers, with businesslike pinstripes or checks contrasting with bra tops under open suit jackets; or elastic pull-on Morticia-style skirts in bubblegum pink or acid green. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of businesslike

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2022

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“Businesslike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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