Definition of businesslike in English:



  • 1Having or indicating an efficient, practical, and systematic approach to one's work or a task.

    ‘his brisk, businesslike tone’
    • ‘We should be taking a more businesslike approach and saying that we need this amount of roading in this time frame, and we will have to borrow on this basis and pay it back from revenue earned.’
    • ‘We believe we should get a more professional, businesslike approach as a result of that, and I believe there will be a closer look at roading and the rail-track.’
    • ‘Stay on the cutting edge of change but maintain a businesslike approach.’
    • ‘That businesslike approach does help cash flow, and, in a calm world with a reliable supply chain, it needn't impinge on care.’
    • ‘And that means a businesslike approach to determine a return on investment in ministry.’
    • ‘In contrast to the businesslike tone of the letters received by businessmen, the email is more personal in its appeal to the readers.’
    • ‘His determination to improve the quality of colonial workmanship and to impose a businesslike system of payments incurred many enemies.’
    • ‘This essay begins by describing the policy innovation that began in the mid-1980s. Market-based policy ideas and a more businesslike approach were adopted.’
    • ‘Lifting an eyebrow, Lenore resumed her pose as businesslike and efficient.’
    • ‘We have seen a change over the last probably 10 or so years to a certainly more businesslike approach to pastoral enterprises.’
    • ‘‘A clear and businesslike approach will insulate decisions from political whims,’ he adds.’
    • ‘He learned to follow their low-key, businesslike approach because it was the best way to fit in with the group.’
    • ‘This is a new sight compared to the order he has lived under before, when everything seemed to operate so smoothly and with businesslike efficiency.’
    • ‘We also would be better served if we went back to a more businesslike approach to our elected officials' private lives once we've hired them.’
    • ‘He has become more businesslike in his approach.’
    • ‘Last week, with scarcely a lifted eyebrow, that changed to the more businesslike approach that we are all grown-ups together and should behave as such.’
    • ‘Hammond has scoured the world looking for on-the-ground examples of his businesslike approach to social change.’
    • ‘Directors are taking a more businesslike approach to everything they do.’
    • ‘With the opinions of others being canvassed as well it all points to a mature and businesslike approach to filling a vacancy that does have unique requirements.’
    • ‘I'm enormously proud of what was achieved there, especially the much more businesslike approach to managing the park.’
    professional, efficient, slick, competent, practised, methodical, disciplined, systematic, orderly, organized, well ordered, planned, structured, practical, pragmatic
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    1. 1.1(of clothing, furniture, etc.) designed or appearing to be practical rather than decorative.
      ‘a businesslike grey suit’
      • ‘‘That's good to hear,’ she said, her voice suddenly becoming more serious and businesslike.’
      • ‘Madeline was dressed professionally and fashionably, in a businesslike skirt and blouse.’
      • ‘She seemed very efficient, and wore short but businesslike skirts and collared blue shirts.’
      • ‘I found its low key, understated, businesslike appearance to become more appealing as I got used to it.’
      • ‘Even now he could see her laughing face, which had also carried a very serious, businesslike edge to it.’
      • ‘The matte blue finish on the barrel and receiver and the textured finish on the gray stock give an understated, businesslike appearance.’
      • ‘She had a strict, businesslike appearance about her.’
      • ‘Coffee was characterized as businesslike rather than frivolous, as reasonable rather than impulsive.’
      • ‘Amelia said in her most serious and an even businesslike way.’
      • ‘He was tall, had shoulder-length black hair, and wore a very businesslike suit with a white shirt and a black and white stripped tie, which made him look like a stern president of a very large corporation.’
      • ‘All these things are completely unromantic, very sober, very businesslike - the members are registered, trained, controlled.’
      • ‘Today's smart jacket and dark trousers are infinitely more businesslike.’
      • ‘Due to her strict and pious upbringing Edith was a brisk, businesslike and rather straight-laced woman, serious with a no-nonsense attitude but still well liked by all who knew her.’
      • ‘The front is strong in execution too, and the detail of the style elements has an elegant cohesion that looks very businesslike when approaching in the rear view mirror.’
      • ‘Although the navy blue suit no longer rules the business fashion world, businesslike clothing is making a comeback.’
      • ‘The docks here in Gyo weren't much different from those in Shukumei, though perhaps more… friendly, and less strictly businesslike.’
      • ‘The blocky, black, businesslike appearance of the stock pistol has been replaced by a two-tone visage that testifies unambiguously to extensive alteration.’
      • ‘Sure she was wiry, but her businesslike combination of grey slacks and white blouse suggested someone quite demure.’
      • ‘She had honey blonde hair and a short businesslike suit that showed off her nice looking legs.’
      • ‘The experience is relaxing but businesslike rather than luxurious, and would suit anyone on a busy schedule.’