businesslike

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business +‎ -like

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businesslike (comparative more businesslike, superlative most businesslike)

  1. Methodical and efficient, in a way that would be advantageous to a business or businessperson.
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann:
      The gunners stood by the guns waiting, and the ammunition waggons were at a business-like distance.
  2. Earnest and practical without being distracted or enthusiastic.

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