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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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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]

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