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SKILL, contracts. The art of doing a thing as it ought to be done.
     2. Every person who purports to have skill in la business, and undertakes for hire to perform it, is bound to do it with ordinary skill, and is responsible civilly in damages for the want of it; 11 M. & W. 483; and sometimes he is responsible criminally. Vide Mala Praxis; 2 Russ. on Cr. 288,
     3. The degree of skill and diligence required, rises in proportion to the value of the article, and the delicacy of the operation: more skill is required, for example, to repair a very delicate mathematical instrument, than upon a common instrument. Jones' Bailm. 91; 2 Kent, Com. 458, 463; 1 Bell's Com. 459; 2 Ld. Raym. 909, 918; Domat, liv. 1, t. 4, Sec. 8, n. 1; Poth. Louage, n. 425; Pardess. n. 528; Ayl. Pand. B. 4, t. 7, p. 466; Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 3, Sec. 16; 1 Rolle, Ab. 10; Story's Bailm. Sec. 431, et seq.; 2 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 144.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A 'duty of reasonable skill and care' measures the performance of the Contractor, usually in comparison to other professional persons of the same standard carrying out similar work.
The "sick doctor statute" defines the inability of a physician to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to his patient(s) because of one or more enumerated illnesses.
I also firmly believe hitting a moving target and especially hitting a moving target while you yourself are moving is a complex acquired skill requiring regular practice to obtain a reasonable skill level.
American Financial Group Inc., the court held that Mortgage Source failed to act in good faith and with reasonable skill, care and diligence for the benefit of the borrower, and breached its fiduciary duty in a number of ways: It obtained an appraisal that was unreasonably inflated, obtained a loan on terms it knew the borrower could not repay, failed to keep the borrower informed about the terms of refinancing and made false representations that the borrower could refinance in six months.
In the VRP Agreement, Wittorf stipulated that he was unable to practice the profession of nursing with reasonable skill and safely to patients due to his chemical abuse or dependency since November 2000.
Sometime around the middle of the last century the requirement "unobvious to one with reasonable skill in the art" became the patent law attempt to parallel "the wise and prudent person." It fails.
A director is not expected to exercise skill in matters with which he is unfamiliar, but he is expected to take care and exercise reasonable skill in matters in which he is familiar.
The judge at Swansea County Court found that in supplying the bed the holiday company had failed to exercise 'reasonable skill and care'.
School mathematics programs are designed so that grades 1 and 2 culminate in reasonable skill in addition and subtraction of whole numbers, including memorization of the 200 addition and subtraction facts.
Remember, disclosure of the method means providing information in sufficient detail, so another lab with reasonable skill can duplicate the analysis.
The power of the CCD camera, however, has opened us to a world where astronomical claims can be tested by anyone with moderate equipment and reasonable skill. Today's amateurs can create color-magnitude diagrams and estimate the age of open star clusters by determining the turnoff point of the main-sequence stars.

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