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caliber (noun) level or standard of ability or of achievement.

A person of high caliber is one whose abilities are very high or one whose achievements are high. Caliber is the measure of one's ability, talent, competence, etc.. 'We need persons of high caliber for the success of the project,' means the project can be a success only if we have persons of high competence and a record of achievement. Only a person of Einstein's ability could have made such discoveries, that is, only a person of Einstein's caliber could have achieved such things. Space flights have been possible only because of scientists, engineers, and technicians of a very high caliber.

  • Leaders of the caliber of Lincoln, Kennedy, and Gandhi are very rare. Their ability, capabilities, and breadth of vision have benefited not only their own country but also the whole world.
  • The gigantic structures of ancient civilizations fill us with wonder at the engineering skills of the builders of those days, and give us the impression that they must have been the work of engineers of very high caliber.
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