AskDefine | Define salesmanship

Dictionary Definition

salesmanship n : skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy; "he read a book on salesmanship but it didn't help"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The skills and knowledge of how to sell.
    The professional dealer's salesmanship was incredible, I was just looking but he managed to convince me to buy three times what I was considering buying over the next six months.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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