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Definition of specialism

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The problem with medicalizing loneliness," 25 Nov. 2019 For Mr Merton’s specialism is the mathematics of time applied to finance. The Economist, "Robert Merton and the effect of time on portfolio choice," 15 June 2019 Academics have either been captured by identity politics or else have chosen to retreat into tiny specialisms. The Economist, "The centre cannot hold - the failure of Change UK and the atrophying of political thought," 19 June 2019 Higher education in this period was much more far-ranging than the specialism of a modern university. National Geographic, "Copernicus's revolutionary ideas reorganized the heavens," 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, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 The researchers created this by observing social interactions between 400 doctors, nurses and technicians during 200 operations covering eight specialisms. The Economist, "Mixed surgical teams lead to less medical error," 2 July 2018 China has piles of data and notable companies in AI specialisms, for example Face++ in facial recognition and iFlytek in speech. The Economist, "SchumpeterHow does Chinese tech stack up against American tech?," 15 Feb. 2018 In America only 15% of women with graduate degrees in science and engineering, which are in short supply, were employed in their specialism in 2011, compared with 31% of men. The Economist, "The gender pay gap," 5 Oct. 2017

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of specialism

British : a particular subject or area of study or practice

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