An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills). See also competence.

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  • The skill of the applicant was high as he had years of experience working as a systems administrator for a law firm.

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  • I have used many skills at my current job, but my favorite is programming equipment that has not been used at our facility before.

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  • He had a tremendous amount of skill for the sport and that made him even more attractive to the pro teams that were scouting him.

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