Definition of deskill in English:


Line breaks: de|skill
Pronunciation: /diːˈskɪl


[with object]
  • 1Reduce the level of skill required to carry out (a job): advances in technology had deskilled numerous working-class jobs
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    • 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
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    • 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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