Examples from the Web for competence
If that state is to be further armed with new laws, its competence will be even more on the line.David Cameron's Plan to Fight ISIS Will Likely Involve Racial Profiling|Clive Irving|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When you look at Mona Lisa, what you see is a woman of confidence and competence and compassion.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'|Justin Jones|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when did they become the litmus test of competence in office?
Competence with pain, Coherent miseries, a bite and sup, We hug our little destiny again.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful|Jimmy So|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You owe them competence, discipline, courage, judgment, etc.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq|Matt Pottinger|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their immediate rise in value, in the hands of the settler, gives him competence.The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1|Daniel Webster
I have one daughter married to a man of science, sense, virtue, and competence; in whom indeed I have nothing more to wish.
No pursuit gives so great joy in the achieving, none achieved yields higher meed of competence, contentment, and repute.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,|George Alfred Townsend
There, her abilities again procured her competence and credit.The Violin|George Dubourg
The Judges answered only the first, denying flatly the competence of the Managers.
British Dictionary definitions for competence
Word Origin and History for competence
1590s, "rivalry" (based on compete); c.1600 "adequate supply;" 1630s, "sufficiency of means for living at ease," from French compétence, from Latin competentia "meeting together, agreement, symmetry," from competens, present participle of competere, especially in its earlier sense of "fall together, come together, be convenient or fitting" (see compete). Meaning "sufficiency to deal with what is at hand" is from 1790.