un·​busi·​ness·​like ˌən-ˈbiz-nəs-ˌlīk How to pronounce unbusinesslike (audio)
: lacking the qualities (such as polite seriousness and professionalism) considered appropriate for business or a businessperson : not businesslike
unbusinesslike behavior
an unbusinesslike person/personality

Examples of unbusinesslike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But your attempt to cajole lightly was unbusinesslike. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbusinesslike was in 1824

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“Unbusinesslike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbusinesslike. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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