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[kom-pi-tuh n-see] /ˈkɒm pɪ tən si/
noun, plural competencies.
competence (defs 1–4).
1585-95; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin competentia suitability, competence (Latin: proportion). See competent, -cy
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noncompetency, noun Unabridged
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  • The third year of law school is not essential for acquiring the core competencies of practicing law.
  • If the audio is not edited, then the technical competencies and hardware required for recorded talks are minimal.
  • Universities do not build competencies in commercializing a certain kind of technology, in my opinion.
  • We need to define the word education and state the competencies and skills educated adults should be expected to have.
  • Those that had inferior competencies replicated less.
  • That's a little bit different than their qualifications and their competencies.
  • Students attend college to build on their strengths as well as to develop new competencies.
  • It has adopted a strategy of diversifying its loss making opportunities rather than concentrating on its core competencies.
  • competencies were briefly brought up as a way to disrupt this sort of thinking.
  • Stability operations must be part of the military's core competencies.
British Dictionary definitions for competencies


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 competencies



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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