sales·​man·​ship | \ ˈsālz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce salesmanship (audio) \

Definition of salesmanship

1 : the skill or art of selling
2 : ability or effectiveness in selling or in presenting persuasively political salesmanship

Examples of salesmanship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What started as a dream, a passion really, to spread the gospel of soul food to broader audiences came to fruition for Alysse Hogan on Saturday, as months of planning and salesmanship and effort culminated on a City Heights street corner. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2021 For Biden, a salesmanship strategy tracks closely to his own stated desire to find the best ways to message his plans. Kevin Liptak, Phil Mattingly And Jeff Zeleny, CNN, 20 July 2021 Doing so will further develop a student’s maturity and salesmanship, which will provide long-term benefits to their educational and professional careers, and will help them to stand out to universities. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 6 July 2021 But the Super League is an idea that will return, probably with savvier salesmanship. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2021 The Divens had moved to 201 St. Mark Way in September 1983, because of Dr. Krug’s salesmanship. Hermine Saunders,, 11 Apr. 2021 By this logic, Democrats began losing elections and the full control of the government, until now, because of their initial compromises with Republicans and insufficient salesmanship. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 Biden displayed that passionate salesmanship on Wednesday night with an unusual gesture in his first primetime White House address. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 11 Mar. 2021 What Del Conte brings to the table is backslapping, my-man salesmanship turned to 11. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of salesmanship

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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21 Aug 2021

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“Salesmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of salesmanship

: the skill of persuading people to buy things or to accept or agree to something


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