[kom-pi-tuh n-see]

noun, plural com·pe·ten·cies.

Origin of competency

1585–95; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin competentia suitability, competence (Latin: proportion). See competent, -cy
Related formsnon·com·pe·ten·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of competency

Historical Examples of competency

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for competency


noun plural -cies

law capacity to testify in a court of law; eligibility to be sworn
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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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