• WordNet 3.6
    • n competence the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined
    • Competence (Law) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence.
    • Competence Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess. "Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
      Lie in three words -- health, peace, and competence ."
      "Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer."
    • Competence (Law) Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a judge or court.
    • Competence the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).
    • Competence The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power. "The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause.""To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Vasaloppet, which is located in Sweden is the oldest, longest, and the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Every year, 14,000 people compete in the race
    • n competence The state of being competent; fitness; suitableness; adequateness: as, there is no doubt of his competence for the task.
    • n competence Adequate authority or qualification; range of capacity or ability; the sphere of action or judgment within which one is competent.
    • n competence In the law of evidence: Legal capacity or fitness to be heard in court, as distinguished from credibility or sufficiency, because the question whether the evidence shall be heard is usually determined before considering its weight. Thus, a witness may be competent, although unworthy of belief; evidence may be competent, although not alone sufficient even if believed.
    • n competence Legal right or authority; power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause: as, the competency of a judge or court to examine and decide.
    • n competence Sufficiency; such a quantity as is sufficient; especially, property, means of subsistence, or income sufficient to furnish the necessaries and conveniences of life, without superfluity.
    • n competence In physical geography, the ability of a stream to transport the amount of land waste that is brought into it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Princess Anne from the British royal family competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics
    • ns Competence fitness: capacity: sufficiency: competent circumstances: legal power or capacity
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  • Ron Blomberg
    Ron Blomberg
    “Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.”
  • Joseph Stowell
    Joseph Stowell
    “Being part of an agenda beyond ourselves liberates us to complement each other rather than compete with each other.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “Being competent means the ability to control and operate the things in the environment and the environment itself.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment (surroundings).”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”
  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. compétence, from L. competentia, agreement
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. competĕrecom, with, petĕre, to seek, to strive after.


In literature:

You will find him extraordinarily competent for a youngster of eight years.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Home-grown wheat in this sense competes with wheat in commerce.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
With a competency she might have achieved a much more prominent place in English literature than she could ever afford to reach.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Let him develop hotels, groceries, stores and shops of all kinds, thus affording employment to our competent young men and women.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He is no less emphatic in the value he sets on competent acting.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
No writer has been competent for it.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
A highly competent young person is Johnny and a cowpuncher of parts.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
Competency to discharge the duties of the offices thus given was not once considered.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
In this wise, the German, like Cain, the competent iron-worker, was treading the earth with resounding footsteps.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
If unsuccessful in dislodging the obstruction in this manner, secure the services of a competent veterinarian.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek

In poetry:

Not always at the joints, competing with
Experience while cooperating with
Experience, and keeping an obstinate
Intransigence, uncanny, of its own.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
I gaze on the river, and see once more
His form in the race competing;
And I hear the time of his well-known oar,
And the shouts his triumph greeting.
"In Memoriam G. A. P." by E W Bowling
But I must sweat in Love, and labour yet,
Till I a Competency get.
They're slothful fools who leave a Trade,
Till they a moderate fortune by't have made.
"Resolved To Be Loved" by Abraham Cowley
So much the wise and pious maid, possess'd
Of a bare competence, is more caress'd
Than the dull Ideot, born to an estate,
And lineally-descended from the Great.
"The Praise And Commendation Of A Good Woman" by Rees Prichard
"`You'll save, the time! — Besides, we'll make
Our millions: look you, soon we will
Compete for freights — and then we'll take
Dame Fortune's bales of good and ill
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
With those Elect he shall survive
Who seem not to compete or strive,
Yet with the foremost still arrive,
Prevailing still:
Spirits with whom the stars connive
To work their will.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson

In news:

The 38th district is just around the corner and the Harrison County volleyball Fillies are working into shape to compete for the title.
Brackman to compete at National FFA contest in diversified livestock.
The Emotions of Watching Your Child Compete in The Olympics.
Published Saturday, Nov 3, 2012, at 6:03 a.m. After 25 years of faithfully patronizing my highly competent mechanics, I fear that they are getting nervous about their approaching retirement.
Members of the British "London Brawling '" team competed against the US "Charm City" team during the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) tournament at ExCel center in London on April 10, 2011.
Local bass fisherman to compete in Aug 2 event.
SWIMMING World four-star recruit Ashley Tse will be remaining close to home as she has decided to give UCLA's Cyndi Gallagher her pledge to compete as part of the Class of 2013.
Hurricane Sandy has been dominating the internet over the past 24 hours, but even all the coverage of it still can't compete with the driving force of the web, chicks with huge cans.
All the finalists from this week's Mountain State Forest Festival Gospel, Variety and Country Talent Shows competed Thursday evening on the Downtown Stage in Elkins to decide the Grand Prize winners.
All the finalists from this week's Mountain State Forest Festival Gospel, Variety and Country Talent Shows competed Thursday evening on the Downtown Stage in Elkins to decide the Grand Prize winner.
The Korbel Brandy Cocktail Contest garnered entries from individuals throughout the United States, all competing for prizes and bragging rights as the best and brightest brandy mixologists.
Jaidyn Steele (right) and Mattie Jo Duzik compete in junior team roping at the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo.
He was found dead after competing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.
In the Republican contest, a competing calculus of expectations has developed among the candidates' camps.
A local sixth graders talent has sparked the Stateline's attention by her travels to compete in Dublin, Ireland.

In science:

Apparently for Λ < 0.5, the n.n.n. bonds are too weak to compete with n.n. bonds so we never see the emergence of ferromagnetic interactions in the system.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
These weak n.n.n. bonds can not compete with the n.n. bonds which in turn will suppress the formation of ferromagnetic bonds in the system.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
So for strong enough bond disorder, no ferromagnetic bonds will appear due to the fact that n.n.n. bonds could not compete with n.n. bonds and the system will remain in the Random Singlet (RS) phase.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
FIG. 6: (a) The numerically determined phase diagram for spin chains with competing interactions between nearest-neighbor interactions (see text). (b) The interactions are correlated with the n.n. and next-nearest-neighbor interactions.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
There are some important and interesting topics that we will not review because of lack of space and competence.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces