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[seylz-muh n-ship] /ˈseɪlz mənˌʃɪp/
the technique of selling a product:
They used a promotional gimmick that was the last word in salesmanship.
adeptness at creating interest in new ideas, products, methods, etc.:
The only ingredient lacking in the system was salesmanship.
Origin of salesmanship
1875-80; salesman + -ship; cf. -manship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for salesmanship
  • The lavishing of gifts and favors on prospective or valued customers is generally considered smart salesmanship.
  • No need for fancy salesmanship here, you might think.
  • It was a curious brand of salesmanship, using the kind of exclusivity usually reserved for nightclubs.
  • That's a failure of politics and salesmanship, but it's more than that.
  • In high school he took courses in rhetoric, salesmanship, and weather.
  • When she is with him, pleading and salesmanship radiate from her big eyes.
  • Demonstrates professional salesmanship through the use of highly developed sales techniques and effective presentation skills.
  • Good salesmanship is essential for small businesses because of their limited advertising budgets.
  • Good salesmanship is essential for small businesses because of their limited ability to spend on advertising.
British Dictionary definitions for salesmanship


the technique, skill, or ability of selling
the work of a salesman
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Word Origin and History for salesmanship

1853, from salesman + -ship.

The modern system of salesmanship has become so much like persecution reduced to a science, that it is quite a luxury to be allowed the use of your own discretion, without being dragooned, by a shopkeeper's deputy, into looking at what you do not care to see, or buying what you would not have. A man in his sane mind, with the usual organs of speech, has a right to be treated as if he knows what he wants, and is able to ask for it. ["The Literary World," Feb. 26, 1853]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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