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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sportsmanlike exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play "a clean fight","a sporting solution of the disagreement","sportsmanlike conduct"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sportsmanlike Having the characteristics of sportsmen; fond of fieldsports; also, characteristic of or befitting a sportsman; hence, legitimate from the point of view of a sportsman.
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In literature:

It would be more sportsmanlike to take two hundred.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
For everybody admired the game, sportsmanlike qualities of those Mechanicsburg fellows.
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
But do you think it is quite sportsmanlike to pray that many tunnies may be killed?
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
A few days afterwards a tall man in a sportsmanlike ulster walked up the gangway of a steamship bound for a port in South America.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
I'll serve you with the same spoon some day, at least I would if I thought it sportsmanlike.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Naturally he was disappointed, but he was very sportsmanlike.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
There was no sportsmanlike determination about him!
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
But it is not war; it ain't sportsmanlike, and I have to be stopping their chatter all the time.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was crediting me with a sportsmanlike reluctance to steal a march on my friends.
"Aliens" by William McFee
All of them seemed unanimously of the opinion that Harmony had evinced a most laudable and sportsmanlike spirit in sending this strange warning.
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
That's a nice sportsmanlike way of talking, isn't it?
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The heat of the day's journey had knocked the bottom out of even his sportsmanlike tendencies, he said.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
No questions will be asked, and his conduct will be regarded as most sportsmanlike.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
Hauling in an impaled fish hand over hand with a small cable is neither sport nor sportsmanlike.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
On the whole we are a little more sportsmanlike than some of our elders.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
Bert was too sensible and sportsmanlike to resent this, and followed with care and enthusiasm the training of his mentors.
"Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball" by J. W. Duffield
But the sportsmanlike Stiffy hung back.
"A Safety Match" by Ian Hay
Sportsmanlike the skipper accepted the sarcastic signal with a good grace.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman
He had so keen and sportsmanlike an interest in the game, that even his adversaries' mistakes ruffled him.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VI, November 1850, Vol. I" by Various
Now the German, as has recently been shown, is neither dramatic nor sportsmanlike.
"Speaking of Prussians" by Irvin S. Cobb

In news:

On field trials National Shoot to Retrieve Association field trials not only extend s the upland game bird season b ut also provides a sportsmanlike atmosphere to compete with others who enjoy bird dogs and to recognize their accomplishments.