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Peter Principle

noun

Definition of PETER PRINCIPLE

:  an observation: in a hierarchy employees tend to rise to the level of their incompetence

Origin of PETER PRINCIPLE

Laurence J. Peter †1990 American (Canad.-born) educator
First Known Use: 1968

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