businesslike businesslike  /ˈbɪz nɪs ˌlaɪk/


  1. (adj) exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business
  2. (adj) not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal


  1. Named by the shocked King as New Premier was Maher Pasha's Foreign Minister, tightlipped, businesslike Mahmoud Fahmy El Nokrashy Pasha.
  2. Close as any twins, the Howes turn businesslike enemies when they meet in competition.
  3. Even within the Ford hierarchy, businesslike Bob McNamara was to many little more than an awesome name.


  • Zdeno Chara puts up minutes, performance for Bruins

    CHICAGO — Near the podiums on NHL media day Tuesday hung a picture, a larger-than-life Zdeno Chara, his mouth open in a scream of ecstasy, the Stanley Cup held over his head. A few yards away was the real Chara, serious, businesslike, as he answered questions from a horde of reporters that wanted to know how he has remained so good after playing so many minutes game after game after game.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "I didn't lecture him and he didn't lecture me," Rice said afterward. "I would say it was professional. It was businesslike."
    on May 3, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Forbes

  2. "We knew when we brought Scott in last season that he was ultra-competitive," Wilson said. "Not only did he meet that expectation, but he also brought a very businesslike mentality to the rink each night, stepping up as a leader and an...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Doug Wilson Source: ESPN

  3. However, Cruise and Wagner claim they decided to withdraw from Paramount, with Wagner saying, "For some reason, Paramount has chosen to negotiate in the press. It's not really the most businesslike approach. We've had virtually no dealings with Mr....
    on Aug 23, 2006 By: Richard Wagner Source: (blog)

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