no-nonsense o`-non"sense (n[=o]`n[o^]n"s[e^]ns), adj. 1. Not tolerating irrelevant or frivolous distractions; businesslike; serious; as, the no-nonsense tones of a stern parent; the chairman adopted a no-nonsense attitude. [WordNet sense 1] [WordNet 1.5]

2. Serving the purpose without unnecessary complications; uncomplicated; plain; not fancy. [PJC]

3. Hence: Practical and economical. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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