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  • n. The state of being expert; skill or proficiency

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Skill derived from practice; readiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being expert; skill derived from practice; readiness; dexterity; adroitness: as, expertness in musical performance, or in seamanship; expertness in reasoning.
  • n. Synonyms Facility, Knack, etc. See readiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge


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  • Regarding the subject at hand here, though, I think that "expertness" in the case of the violinist and the programmer, it had a lot to do with being an expert at the use of the very few tools for those 10,000 hours (violin + sheet music or computer and programming language).

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  • I was ASTOUNDED by Mexico's intelligence and expertness in response and preparation for the cane.


  • Paraprofessional aides are much less technically expert than are professionals, but they often more than make up for their lower degree of technical expertise through their greater social expertness.

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  • Since I saw it as a way up the ladder on expertness, I said yes, then hated the experience feeling like I was a shill because I had to mention the vehicles (of course) when I was talking about the organizing tips.

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  • Louis showed all the bravery and expertness of an experienced huntsman; for, unheeding the danger, he rode up to the tremendous animal, which was defending itself with fury against the dogs, and struck him with his boar spear; yet, as the horse shied from the boar, the blow was not so effectual as either to kill or disable him.

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  • Perceived expertness, in turn, tends to legitimate the leadership role Goodstadt & Kipnis, 1970.

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  • The two groups basically agreed on the relative importance of physical strength, sociability, expertness, fairness, fearlessness, and helpfulness as sources of power.

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  • In this state of impotent expertness, however, or in some equally unsound state, economics must struggle on — a science that is no science, a floundering lore wallowing in a mud of statistics — until either the study of the material organisation of production on the one hand as a development of physics and geography, or the study of social aggregation on the other, renders enduring foundations possible.

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  • Thus Nazism, as it proceeded from practice to theory, had to deny expertness in thinking and then this second process was never completed, in order to fill the vacuum, had to establish expert thinking of its own — that is, to find men of inferior or irresponsible caliber whose views conformed dishonestly or, worse yet, honestly to the Party line.

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  • Then Craven remembers The Games by John Clarke, and again, I agree with his esteem for its ‘sheer expertness ... and adherence to a vision’.

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