• WordNet 3.6
    • n proficiency the quality of having great facility and competence
    • n proficiency skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity "practice greatly improves proficiency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Proficiency The quality of state of being proficient; advance in the acquisition of any art, science, or knowledge; progression in knowledge; improvement; adeptness; as, to acquire proficiency in music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proficiency Advancement; progress.
    • n proficiency The state of being proficient; the degree of advancement attained in any branch of knowledge; advance in the acquisition of any art, science, or knowledge; improvement: as, to attain great proficiency in Greek or in music.
    • n proficiency Synonyms Advance, etc. (see progress), skill.
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  • William S. Burroughs
    “Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “He who is proficient is learning, but deficient in morals, is more deficient than proficient.”


In literature:

I became very proficient in this line.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
And against an unarmed and probably unsuspecting victim like Rivers, a great deal of proficiency wouldn't be needed.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
I had shown some proficiency in gunnery.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
It may not be a want of disposition, but rather a sufficient amount of sense, to make him a proficient in the business.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
At an early age, he became proficient in kicking with right or left foot.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
He was growing proficient, and if he did not succeed in keeping up the running pace, he managed to go more quickly than before.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
Those who would become highly proficient in public speaking should form the dictionary habit.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
The above named musical organization had now attained a degree of proficiency that was manifest on every public appearance.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
There was no sort of duty on board of a vessel, even a war steamer, in which he had not done his best to make himself a proficient.
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
At the village of Bansalan the women were found still to be proficient in their work.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
It is by no means intended to underrate technical proficiency.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
He became proficient in all branches of learning, in his early age.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
Remember, our Alfred was a proficient himself, and spied the Danish forces in the character of a harper.
"An Author's Mind" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
No proficiency in it can well compensate for failure in studies of perhaps less intrinsic importance.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
As you have noticed, I have some slight proficiency with lethal hardware.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
Stanford skated very well for an Englishman, and assisted Kate, who was not very proficient in the art.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
MORAL: Those having the most Time to devote to a Line of Endeavor usually become the most Proficient.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
To attain proficiency and effectiveness, cavalry soldiers require much longer instruction than those of any other arm.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
The existence of the Jongleurs gradually undermined that of the Troubadours, as the former grew more and more proficient.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
Remember, our Alfred was a proficient himself, and spied the Danish forces in the character of a harper.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Proficiency Examination in Music History/Literature.
Students have intervention time built into their school day to work on concepts in which they aren't yet proficient .
The following Marshall and Tracy Area FFA students recently received state proficiency awards.
AirVenture to Host Pilot Proficiency Project.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will host the new Pilot Proficiency Project during AirVenture 2012.
While APA recognizes sport psychology as distinctive from other areas of psychology, it doesn't certify individual psychologists as proficient .
State proficiency tests an issue as two vie for school board seat.
In 2003-04, at least 35 percent of students needed to be proficient in math, and at least 45 percent needed to be proficient in reading.
Or, in the case of the PSSAs, superintendents eternally hope spring brings proficient students.
Quality Care for Diverse Populations is a web-based training program developed by the AAFP to assist physicians and other health care professionals in becoming more culturally proficient in the provision of care to their patients.
The woman who was barred from running for a border town city council because of her lack of English proficiency is now running for Vice President of the United States.
In terms of percent proficient , though, the school district continued to show a decline.
Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program in July 2011.
Proficient math skills are a must for Indiana's existing manufacturing industry and growing life sciences sector.
Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters, 2010 Edition.

In science:

They provide support in two ways, (1) allowing a novice worker (i.e., someone not very familiar with the particular task-type supported by the KWSS; he/she may be proficient with other task-type(s)) to quickly understand and learn about the task and (2) guiding a worker to during the performance of the task.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
They are fundamentally different and require completely different styles of programming, so that proficiency in one of them does not help in learning the other.
User Defined Spreadsheet Functions in Excel
At low-stakes tests students may little care if their test scores do not represent their true levels of proficiency because they would not receive sanctions for poor test performance, and because strong test performance would not help them get something they want (Wise & Kong, 2005).
Test item response time and the response likelihood