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[steyts-muh n] /ˈsteɪts mən/
noun, plural statesmen.
a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.
Origin of statesman
1585-95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state
Related forms
statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective
1. See politician.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Otherwise he was intelligent, statesmanlike, and good-natured.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Des Meloises looked as statesmanlike as he could when delivering this dictum.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • George Mason's statesmanlike vision was seen in 1766, when he warned the British public of the results that would follow coercion.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris
  • The plan was statesmanlike, and it marks the summit of Necker's career.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • It was the most admirable and statesmanlike document of that day.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • This statesmanlike "Albany Plan of Union," however, came to nothing.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for statesmanlike


noun (pl) -men
a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
a politician
Derived Forms
statesman-like, statesmanly, adjective
statesmanship, noun
stateswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for statesmanlike



1590s, after French homme d'état; see state (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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