pro·fi·cient [pruh-fish-uhnt] (previously 06-06-13)
1. well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.
2. an expert.
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1. adept, competent, experienced, accomplished, able, finished.
1. unskilled, inept.
Origin: 1580–90; < Latin proficient- (stem of proficiens ) present participle of proficere to advance, make progress, equivalent to pro- pro- + -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do . See -ent, efficient
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR PROFICIENT
Lots of things that now seem canonical would not have been accessible to Leonardo, who was not that proficient in Latin.
ANTHONY GRAFTON: HOW I WRITE|NOAH CHARNEY|JULY 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“We clearly have a proficient bombmaker in town,” says a European security official.
TRIPOLI ON EDGE AS FEARS OF ADDITIONAL BOMBINGS IN LIBYA ESCALATE|JAMIE DETTMER|APRIL 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The same will not be said about My Week With Marilyn, no matter how proficient Williams is.
GOOD ACTORS, BAD MOVIES, AND THE OSCARS|RICHARD RUSHFIELD|NOVEMBER 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
More impressive than their appearance were their proficient debating skills.
THE EXTINCTION PARADE: AN ORIGINAL ZOMBIE STORY BY MAX BROOKS|MAX BROOKS|JANUARY 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
As proficient as he was in making people trust him, she eventually became wise to his masquerade.
MADOFF'S OTHER GIRLFRIENDS|LUCINDA FRANKS|AUGUST 15, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Hence it happened that the proficient McWilliams secured three round dances with his mistress.
WYOMING, A STORY OF THE OUTDOOR WEST|WILLIAM MACLEOD RAINE
To do so he must be a proficient in that impudence, the lack of which created so many difficulties for him.
MARION FAY|ANTHONY TROLLOPE
I am no proficient in the Latin classics: yet I think I know enough to predicate that Π.
NOTES AND QUERIES, NUMBER 208, OCTOBER 22, 1853|VARIOUS
He had had some sessions in the art, but not nearly enough to make him proficient.
PLANET OF THE DAMNED|HARRY HARRISON
I learned the use of the paddle, and became quite a proficient in the gentle craft.
ROUGHING IT IN THE BUSH|SUSANNA MOODIE
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