Yet the military—for all its monopoly of power—strangely lacks the acumen and competence that should guide power.
Grenell had the competence to do the job, and nothing else mattered.
When you look at Mona Lisa, what you see is a woman of confidence and competence and compassion.
As of 2013, the competence primary seems to have been suspended altogether.
Looking back, who would have predicted, as the campaign began, that the deciding factors would be competence and steadiness?
It was the sense of her competence that gave her the self-respect enabling her to bear up.
Is the vulgar security of competence to live on—is that enough for one like you?
Whilst he acknowledges its competence, he promotes its efficiency.
She had seen before that look of competence, of easy self-reliance.
competence easily obtained, such was their hope and their motive.
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.
competence com·pe·tence (kŏm'pĭ-təns)
The quality of being competent or capable of performing an allotted function.
The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
The mental ability to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's own affairs.
The ability of a cell, especially a bacterial cell, to be genetically transformable.
The ability to respond immunologically to viruses or other antigenic agents.
Integrity, especially the normal tight closure of a cardiac valve.