I am looking for a word that describes a skill a person possesses but does not enjoy. For example:

Although Robert does not like tennis, he is very good at it.

What word could be used to describe Robert's skill?

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    Talent without passion is a job. – ermanen May 21 '14 at 0:23

A natural talent for something, but with no passion. A wasted talent in this specific case.

  • Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality.

Consider gift.

gift: a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent

Alternately, you could also use the noun natural.

natural: one having natural skills, talents, or abilities.

Although Robert doesn't like tennis, he is a natural at it.


Robert is a tennis automaton.

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