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core competency

or core competence

noun
1.
a skill needed in order to be successful at a job or other activity:
Several core competencies have been identified as critical to the success of every student.
2.
a particular area of knowledge or expertise that gives a business a competitive advantage:
The automaker's core competency is sports cars.
Origin of core competency
1990-1995
1990-95
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Contemporary definitions for core competency
noun

a defined level of expertise that is essential or fundamental to a particular job; the primary area of expertise; specialty; the expertise that allows an organization or individual to beat its competitors

Examples

A core competency is fundamental knowledge, ability, or expertise in a specific subject area or skill set.

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