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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.

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Lamb praises the poet's skilfulness in describing the Mariner's feelings and emotions under the circumstances to which every reader can relate.
Such ceramic sculpture style was quite similar to that of Ding kiln, Cizhou kiln and Jizhou Kiln, which all demonstrated the skilfulness, grace and beauty of all crafts in the Song dynasty.
These are the stories that portray the kind of bold courage, risk-taking, skilfulness, knowledge and absolute expertise that are the hallmarks of critical care nurses everywhere.
The Commission denounces in particular the industry's skilfulness at making their packaging very attractive with "evocative images, such as luxury, freedom and glamour," which distract consumers from health concerns.
By taking as given the skill base which each worker brings to her job, data on skill-intensity taken in isolation provide no information on the comparative skilfulness of the workforces employed in different occupations or locations and no indication of whether the actual complexity, knowledge content or requirement for relevant aptitudes or behaviours (dexterity, concentration, interpersonal skill) is greater in one type of job than in another.
Battles, where competence and skilfulness are most important, are not won with naive plays for the home audience, concludes Popovski.