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[dee-skil] /diˈskɪl/
verb (used with object)
to remove any need of skill, judgment, or initiative in:
jobs being deskilled by automation.
Origin of deskill
de- + skill1 Unabridged
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  • Technology increases the skill demands of many manufacturing jobs, but may deskill some clerical work.
British Dictionary definitions for deskill


verb (transitive)
to mechanize or computerize (a job or process) to such an extent that little human skill is required to do it
to cause (skilled persons or a labour force) to work at a job that does not utilize their skills
Derived Forms
deskilling, noun
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