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English definition of “businesslike”


adjective    /ˈbɪz·nəsˌlɑɪk, -nəz-/
happening in a way that is practical and effective and is not personal , or typical of business : We hope the meeting can be conducted in a businesslike way, without a lot of emotional statements .
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