- 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
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1. See politician.
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Examples from the Web for statesmanlike
“Surely those who wish to be seen as a state will act in a statesmanlike way by showing mercy and providing clemency,” she said.ISIS Beheads British Aid Worker Alan Henning
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Giving Clinton what Hope calls “a statesmanlike quality,” those four years rounded out her achievements.Hillary Clinton 2016? Women Look Ahead To ‘History In the Making’
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Attack ads boosting Dr. Paul Now Gingrich is above it all Too statesmanlike to vent his spleen?
His conduct has been measured and statesmanlike and his rhetoric inspiring.Obama's Style Trumps Substance, Again
July 7, 2009
This statesmanlike "Albany Plan of Union," however, came to nothing.The Age of Invention
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
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
- 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
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Word Origin and History for statesmanlike
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