[noh-non-sens, -suhns]
not tolerating anything frivolous or trifling; firm and businesslike: a no-nonsense approach to money matters; a no-nonsense teacher with well-behaved classes.
economical or utilitarian; practical: a no-nonsense car that gets excellent gas mileage.
plain and simple; not fancy, complicated, or elegant: no-nonsense recipes for easy preparation.


1. earnest, diligent, resolute, purposeful. Unabridged
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no-nonsense (ˌnəʊˈnɒnsəns)
sensible, practical, straightforward; without nonsense of any kind: a businesslike no-nonsense approach; a severe no-nonsense look

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Word Origin & History

"not tolerating foolishness, businesslike," 1928," from phrase to stand no nonsense, which is attested from 1821, originally in sporting slang.
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Example sentences
During this session you will receive a bottom-line, practical, no-nonsense
  approach to leadership.
The book's no-nonsense approach to tax policy proves surprisingly engaging.
In this new, no-nonsense world the lines of management will be redrawn.
The same source also noted that her straightforward, no-nonsense character may
  also have led her astray.
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