conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
efficient, practical, or realistic.
capable but unenthusiastic.
Contemporary Examples

Recession-Proof Philanthropy Matthew Bishop December 23, 2008
Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis Stanley Booth June 6, 2014
‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger Tracy Quan April 27, 2012
Call Girls Out-Class Mistresses Tracy Quan December 5, 2009
Oprah Disses a Civil-Rights Icon David Margolick October 27, 2011

Historical Examples

The Merry-go-round W. Somerset Maugham
K Mary Roberts Rinehart
Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
Fromont and Risler, Complete Alphonse Daudet

efficient and methodical
earnest or severe


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