Definition of Businesslike

1. Adjective. Exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business.

Similar to: Efficient

2. Adjective. Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal.
Exact synonyms: Earnest
Similar to: Purposeful
Derivative terms: Earnestness

Definition of Businesslike

1. a. In the manner of one transacting business wisely and by right methods.

Definition of Businesslike

1. Adjective. Methodical and efficient, in a way that would be advantageous to a business or businessperson ¹

2. Adjective. Earnest and practical without being distracted or enthusiastic ¹

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Definition of Businesslike

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Businesslike

business people
business plan
business plans
business record
business relation
business relationship
business school
business sector
business suit
business traveler
business trip
business venture
businesslike (current term)

Literary usage of Businesslike

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Project Book in Business English by Luella Bussey Cook (1920)
"When a person shows particular care, is thorough, practical, and efficient in his work, that person is businesslike, whether he is engaged in business or ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1902)
"... and that the management of the business in 1901 was businesslike and satisfactory. The report of the directors shows that the cost of liquors, wines, ..."

3. Individual Training in Our Colleges by Clarence Frank Birdseye (1907)
"Not businesslike. Permanent field secretary. The student's father. made a power for good in the three hundred and sixty-three colleges and universities ..."

4. Ready Money by George H. Knox (1905)
"... businesslike and being suspicious. You may have the utmost confidence in a man's integrity and yet not trust him. Your acquaintance may be limited, ..."

5. History of Colorado by Wilbur Fiske Stone (1918)
"... and while residing In Ault, Colorado, served as mayor of the city, his administration of public affairs there being both businesslike and progressive. ..."

6. The New Housekeeping: Efficiency Studies in Home Management by Christine Frederick (1913)
"I businesslike EQUIPMENT FOR THE HOME (1) Sample Card from the Home Record Cabinet ... businesslike ..."

7. The National Review edited by Richard Holt Hutton, Walter Bagehot (1860)
"They probably did not expect that so unbusinesslike a person should have preserved so businesslike a document; but it is as follows : R. £. ..."

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