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proficiency

[pruh-fish-uh n-see] /prəˈfɪʃ ən si/
noun
1.
the state of being proficient; skill; expertness:
proficiency in music.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin prōfici(ēns) proficient + -ency
Related forms
overproficiency, noun
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  • Geographic knowledge increases through travel and language proficiency, among other factors.
  • Our sharpshooters have taken firearms safety courses and regularly qualify with the weapon proficiency.
  • Artists tended to aim for a popular audience with as much technical proficiency as possible.
  • He still retains a pretty high level of mechanical and technical proficiency.
  • Handedness reflects our brain's bilateral organization, which goes hand-in-hand with our proficiency with language.
  • If true, that would mean they possessed general proficiency with firearms but no military experience.
  • The result is a proficiency that leaves the lasting impression of vanishing ink.
  • The new version will also ask for more-detailed information about language proficiency.
  • We provide immediate feedback on proficiency and give step-by-step explanations of every problem.
  • Additional consideration will be given to applicants with proficiency in a foreign language.
Word Origin and History for proficiency
n.

1540s, probably from -cy + Latin proficientem (nominative proficiens), present participle of proficere "accomplish, make progress; be useful, do good; have success, profit," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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