salesmanship

noun

sales·​man·​ship ˈsālz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce salesmanship (audio)
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 Objective, standardized economic data allow policymakers to adjust their policies based on more than gut feelings or salesmanship. Adam S. Posen, Foreign Affairs, 13 Feb. 2018 Sure, a Best Drama nomination for a show that got its start as a Saturday-morning cartoon for kids would be a big feat of salesmanship, but the rewards would be groundbreaking, headline-making. Joe Reid, Vulture, 29 May 2024 Carving out or how high does the Upper East Side extend? City blocks can be pawns in a kind of geographical warfare, unwittingly on offense or defense amid the churn of migration, demographic change and real estate salesmanship. Larry Buchanan, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2023 All that salesmanship, alas, may not compensate for the reputation that Cybertrucks have acquired since an underwhelming delivery event in November kicked off sales to customers who had waited four years to get behind the wheel. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for salesmanship 

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salesmanship. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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