know-what

noun
plural know-whats

Definition of know-what

: clear recognition of the objective of a selected course of action the know-why and the know-what which businessmen find necessary for all persons in administrative or executive positions— C. E. Henson

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“Know-what.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/know-what. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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