competence

[ kom-pi-tuh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF competence
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There is no mention in the old play of this "competence of life."

They were thus, in an hour, reduced from competence to the extreme of want.

After a struggle the company boomed, and you were left with a competence for life.

Is the vulgar security of competence to live on—is that enough for one like you?

Peter could gain no competence from the stony farm, no consent from the girl.

Poverty is unknown there, every one has a competence, some are wealthy.

She had seen before that look of competence, of easy self-reliance.

"She means Mr. Carteret," Grace explained with all her competence.

He and his sister Kate had inherited a competence from their parents.

It may be unnecessary, but you do have a reputation for a certain—shall we say, competence.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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