subskill

noun sub·skill \ ˈsəb-ˌskil \
variants: or sub-skill

Definition of subskill

plural subskills or sub-skills
: a skill that is part of and necessary to another more complex skill
  • Objective tests of writing subskills do not measure the ability to compose.
  • —Betty Bamberg
  • Our findings extend prior research that focused on isolated subskills of reading …
  • —Jill H. Allor et al.
  • To help students perform the activity and sport skillfully, teachers focus on presenting specific skills by decomposing the skill into subskills and organizing the subskills to be learned into a sequence from simple to complex.
  • —Weiyun Chen et al.

First Known Use of subskill

1938

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