What does competency mean?

Definitions for competency
ˈkɒm pɪ tən sicom·pe·ten·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. competence, competencynoun

    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually


  1. Competencynoun

    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).


  1. competencynoun

    A sufficient supply (of).

  2. competencynoun

    A sustainable income

  3. competencynoun

    The ability to perform some task; competence.

  4. competencynoun

    Meeting specified qualifications to perform.

  5. competencynoun

    implicit knowledge of a language's structure.

  6. Etymology: From competentia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Competence, Competencynoun

    Etymology: from competent.

    Something of speech is to be indulged to common civility, more to intimacies and endearments, and a competency to those recreative discourses which maintain the chearfulness of society. Government of the Tongue.

    For competence of life I will allow you,
    That lack of means enforce you not to evil. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    It is no mean happiness to be seated in the mean: superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    A discreet learned clergyman, with a competency fit for one of his education, may be an entertaining, an useful, and sometimes a necessary companion. Jonathan Swift.

    Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
    Lie in three words, health, peace, and competence. Alexander Pope.


  1. competency

    Competency refers to the knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, or attitudes that a person possesses or develops in order to perform a task or job effectively. It is a measure of an individual's capability to meet certain requirements or standards, often used in professional or educational contexts to assess performance or potential. It can be either innate or acquired through learning, training, or experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competencynoun

    the state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power

  2. Competencynoun

    property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess

  3. Competencynoun

    legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence

  4. Competencynoun

    right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a judge or court

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. comptence, from L. competentia agreement.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of competency in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of competency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of competency in a Sentence

  1. Judge Andre Bouchard on Wednesday:

    There are underlying issues of competency that might be relevant, i have some skepticism this can be resolved on this motion ... the underlying issue of competency might be relevant, but that is playing out elsewhere and I won’t weigh in.

  2. Brenda Daly:

    He acted out, he insulted everyone he could possibly insult in the courtroom. It raised doubts about his competency.

  3. John Blackledge:

    TV is not their core competency.

  4. Herodotus:

    The man of affluence is not in fact more happy than the possessor of a bare competency, unless, in addition to his wealth, the end of his life be fortunate. We often see misery dwelling in the midst of splendour, whilst real happiness is found in humbler stations.

  5. Raag Singhal:

    I think Fox News Wuornos ' had a whole host of mental issues, if you were to kind of look at the totality of the circumstances, Fox News Wuornos ' complaints, Fox News Wuornos ' behavior, some of the things that Fox News Wuornos ' would do … Fox News Wuornos ' was someone who, in my view, was going in and out of competency, which is somewhat of a normal thing. When we talk about competency in the criminal context, we say it’s something that waxes and wanes. You can have someone who is confident on one day, then you meet them three days later and they’re not. I have no doubt that Fox News Wuornos ' had entire periods where Fox News Wuornos ' was lucid and could converse. There were times I met with Fox News Wuornos ' when I had no issues with Fox News Wuornos ', then there were times I met with Fox News Wuornos ' and Fox News Wuornos ' clearly had mental issues.

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