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[kom-pi-tuh n-see] /ˈkɒm pɪ tən si/
noun, plural competencies.
competence (defs 1–4).
Origin of competency
1585-95; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin competentia suitability, competence (Latin: proportion). See competent, -cy
Related forms
noncompetency, noun Unabridged
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  • The Assistant Commissioner did not seem to refuse it a certain amount of competency.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • As the exercise of his foresight will enable him to acquire a competency in that time.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • She may not be satisfied with what you consider a competency.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • I enjoy a competency—nay, much more—and yet, they talk to me of dying.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • competency is equal to the occasion, readiness prompt for the occasion.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Youth will not weigh so much against you as a competency will do for you.

  • No one asked for a certificate of competency other than her own word and that of her friends.

    The Retrospect

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British Dictionary definitions for competency


noun (pl) -cies
(law) capacity to testify in a court of law; eligibility to be sworn
a less common word for competence (sense 1), competence (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for competency

1590s, "rivalry;" c.1600, "sufficiency to satisfy the wants of life," from Latin competentia "meeting together, agreement, symmetry," from competens, present participle of competere (see compete). Meaning "sufficiency of qualification" is recorded from 1797.

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