Definition of deskill in English:

deskill

Line breaks: de|skill
Pronunciation: /diːˈskɪl
 
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verb

[with object]
1Reduce the level of skill required to carry out (a job): advances in technology had deskilled numerous working-class jobs
More example sentences
  • Firms converted to large-scale assembly-line operations, ultimately speeding up and deskilling individual jobs.
  • In some cases, service offers have been simplified, jobs have been deskilled, and personnel replaced with machines in order to reduce human variability.
  • They analysed the implications of the proposals, explaining that it would be used to reduce teaching staff and deskill education.
1.1Make the skills of (a worker) obsolete: workers are being deskilled all the time
More example sentences
  • They resisted the automation that deskilled workers and increased the power of managers.
  • Now the bosses have the audacity to try to deskill the workers at the Central, and to run down factories in the name of modernisation.
  • However, the risk of distressing and deskilling the doctor must be minimised.

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