sub·​skill ˈsəb-ˌskil How to pronounce subskill (audio)
variants or sub-skill
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.

Examples of subskill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers do not yet know whether every bad navigator is simply poor at survey knowledge, or whether some of the lost might be failing at other navigational subskills instead, such as remembering landmarks or estimating distance traveled. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subskill was in 1938

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“Subskill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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