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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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  • Are they the results of the unbusinesslike methods of our merchants, or the lack of appreciation of our buyers?

  • They are so unbusinesslike, we could make them do anything by judicious management.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • If the meeting had not made such an unbusinesslike row, they would have heard it all.

  • The Government at last set to work to deal with these cases, but in a very irregular, unbusinesslike way.

    The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume I (of II) Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
  • I admire your gentleness, but I deplore your unbusinesslike moderation.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • Intellectually, too, they were somewhat sluggish, careless and unbusinesslike.

  • It had never entered their unbusinesslike heads that any formality is necessary about placing a child in an asylum.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I feel sure that my explanation was unbusinesslike, 16 but he presently divined the truth.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • All records were confused, loosely kept, and unbusinesslike.

  • Probably I shall be easy to manage, so working for me won't spoil her unbusinesslike appearance.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for unbusinesslike


efficient and methodical
earnest or severe
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