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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.
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Origin of core competency

First recorded in 1990–95
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