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[biz-nis-lahyk] /ˈbɪz nɪsˌlaɪk/
conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
efficient, practical, or realistic.
capable but unenthusiastic.
Origin of businesslike
1785-95; business + -like
Related forms
unbusinesslike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for businesslike
  • Straightforward measuring tools are efficient and businesslike, but not fun.
  • To many, it seemed obvious that a new bureau was needed to manage these areas in an efficient, businesslike way.
  • Courts can be efficient and businesslike while being patient and deliberate.
  • Therefore, it must have a businesslike appearance, produced in a professional manner.
  • However, it's in the interest of all universities to behave in a businesslike and entrepreneurial fashion.
  • The national digital public-library system could and should be businesslike in ways beyond cost-justification.
  • Indeed, when it comes to businesslike administration of the carrot, she unveils some cheap psychological tricks of her own.
  • The performance sequences at their best come close to ecstasy, while the rehearsal sequences are disciplined and businesslike.
  • His grimly businesslike speech was a gritty, almost masochistic exercise in the taking of responsibility.
  • Corporal punishment used to be carried out in a businesslike fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for businesslike


efficient and methodical
earnest or severe
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