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[spesh-uh-liz-uh m]
  1. devotion or restriction to a particular pursuit, branch of study, etc.
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Origin of specialism

First recorded in 1855–60; special + -ism
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Examples from the Web for specialism

Historical Examples of specialism

  • But the practical result of the dilemma is the rise of specialism.

    At Large

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • Specialism in Society then is, we think, one cause of our present state.

    Lay Morals

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Specialism at the bar, or by the bedside, leads to perfection and attains results.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2)

    Henry Watterson

  • Specialism in Society then, is, we think, one cause of our present state.

  • Possibly the advantages of specialism might be retained and yet the elasticity of supply be enhanced.

British Dictionary definitions for specialism


  1. the act or process of specializing in something, or the thing itself
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