sales·​man·​ship ˈsālz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce salesmanship (audio)
: the skill or art of selling
: ability or effectiveness in selling or in presenting persuasively
political salesmanship

Examples of salesmanship in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salesmanship was in 1880

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“Salesmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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