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businesslike

[biz-nis-lahyk] /ˈbɪz nɪsˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
2.
efficient, practical, or realistic.
3.
capable but unenthusiastic.
Origin of businesslike
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; business + -like
Related forms
unbusinesslike, adjective
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  • Sidney had been insistent, and Harriet had topped the argument in her businesslike way.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "I do, gracious one," Bedr responded with businesslike promptness.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Miss Georgie rose, the crisp, businesslike operator, and went to the table.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Then he went to work to accomplish this purpose in a businesslike way.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • They were businesslike, relentless, cold, they belonged to the world of the harbor!

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
British Dictionary definitions for businesslike

businesslike

/ˈbɪznɪsˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
efficient and methodical
2.
earnest or severe
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