- conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
- efficient, practical, or realistic.
- capable but unenthusiastic.
Origin of businesslike
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Examples from the Web for unbusinesslike
They are so unbusinesslike, we could make them do anything by judicious management.Howards End
E. M. Forster
"Unbusinesslike" we have called the devotion of craftsmen and scientists.A Preface to Politics
This is the method which seems so unbusinesslike to the men with an eye to business.Utopia of Usurers and other Essays
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
This unbusinesslike balancing is characteristic of Marshall.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
All records were confused, loosely kept, and unbusinesslike.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama
Walter L. Fleming
- efficient and methodical
- earnest or severe
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