Peter Principle

noun

Definition of Peter Principle

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

First Known Use of Peter Principle

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Peter Principle

Laurence J. Peter †1990 American (Canadian-born) educator

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“Peter Principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Peter%20Principle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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