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  1. conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
  2. efficient, practical, or realistic.
  3. capable but unenthusiastic.
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Origin of businesslike

First recorded in 1785–95; business + -like
Related formsun·busi·ness·like, adjective
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Related Words for unbusinesslike

illogical, speculative, unworkable, unusable, improbable, unreal, absurd, unwise, quixotic, impossible, unattainable, useless, impractical, inoperable, abstract, chimerical, idealistic, impracticable, inapplicable, inefficacious

Examples from the Web for unbusinesslike

Historical Examples of 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

    Walter Lippmann

  • 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.

  • All records were confused, loosely kept, and unbusinesslike.

British Dictionary definitions for unbusinesslike


  1. efficient and methodical
  2. earnest or severe
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