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competency

[kom-pi-tuh n-see]
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noun, plural com·pe·ten·cies.
  1. competence(defs 1–4).
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Origin of competency

1585–95; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin competentia suitability, competence (Latin: proportion). See competent, -cy
Related formsnon·com·pe·ten·cy, noun
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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


British Dictionary definitions for competency

competency

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

n.

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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