plural noun
busi·​ness·​peo·​ple | \-ˌpē-pəl \

Definition of businesspeople 

: persons active in business

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Other businesspeople said hosting the convention would mean jobs and paychecks for residents who would work extra hours during the week of the convention. Tom Foreman Jr., The Seattle Times, "North Carolina city council approves GOP convention bid," 16 July 2018 Even though the sanctions require that North Korean workers return home, those working in Hunchun are most likely doing so legally, local businesspeople said. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "A Trump-Kim Deal Could Send China’s Trade With North Korea Soaring," 5 June 2018 That in turn has stirred worries over an anti-China backlash that could hurt the growing numbers of businesspeople, students and others who have become part of Australian society. New York Times, "Huawei’s New Front in the Global Technology Cold War: Australia," 19 June 2018 The businesspeople are happy with their still relatively new industry, but plagued by the uncertainty of how marijuana is treated by the federal government. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado," 12 July 2018 Warren Buffett is one of the most respected businesspeople of our time, but his life has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "18 Biographies of the Most Successful People in Business," 22 June 2018 And indeed, government ministers – whose staffs used Telegram – complained, parliament members kept using the app, and businesspeople were outraged. Trudy Rubin,, "Generation Putin: Young Russians, who have never known life without him, imagine their future | Trudy Rubin," 3 May 2018 Chinese businesspeople across Namibia complain of an economic chill, and some are thinking of leaving. The Economist, "A long way from homeChinese workers and traders in Africa," 17 May 2018 Segev even tried to connect some of these Israeli citizens with Iranian sources, while claiming the Iranian sources were actually businesspeople. Yonat Friling, Fox News, "Former Israeli lawmaker accused of spying for Iran, passing along sensitive information," 18 June 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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