spe·​cial·​ism | \ ˈspe-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce specialism (audio) \

Definition of specialism

1 : specialization in an occupation or branch of learning
2 : a field of specialization : specialty

Examples of specialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its success underlines the importance of strategic partnerships, whether that's through technology or specialism. David Tuck, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The anti-corruption prosecutor completed her Master’s degree last year, with a specialism in criminology. Zahra Nader, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 On the strength of the IOC profile, Harper was invited to work toward a Ph.D. at Loughborough, an English university with a sports-science specialism. Nicola Williams, National Review, 24 June 2021 The body and mind were separated into different systems and specialisms: psychology and psychiatry for the mind, cardiology for the heart. Fay Bound Alberti, Quartz, 25 Nov. 2019 For Mr Merton’s specialism is the mathematics of time applied to finance. The Economist, 15 June 2019 Academics have either been captured by identity politics or else have chosen to retreat into tiny specialisms. The Economist, 19 June 2019 Higher education in this period was much more far-ranging than the specialism of a modern university. National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2019 This should lead to a serious discussion in Europe over how the allies can best pool military resources, spread risk and exploit national specialisms to take more responsibility for their own defence. The Economist, 12 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of specialism

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Specialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialism. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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