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[kom-pi-tuh n-see] /ˈkɒm pɪ tən si/
noun, plural competencies.
competence (defs 1–4).
Origin of competency
1585-95; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin competentia suitability, competence (Latin: proportion). See competent, -cy
Related forms
noncompetency, noun Unabridged
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  • At a minimum, extensive competency evaluations should be done before juveniles are transferred, he said.
  • The math department has redesigned developmental math courses to a competency based model.
  • And then require a specific and high level of competency before being allowed to write prose-- in any language.
  • They want to work for private company's where the competency and skill level is much higher.
  • Must offer demonstrated high degree of interest and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity.
  • Only after she's been in the job a little, will people really pay attention to her competency.
  • But competency in those areas doesn't mean they can reconstruct entire cities.
  • Wainwright, did not settle on a definition of mental illness for the purpose of determining competency for execution.
  • The field will become self-censoring, defining competency in terms of one's political perspective.
  • Graduating students meet state competency requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for competency


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 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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