com·pe·ten·cy | \ ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)-sē \
plural competencies

Definition of competency 

: competence raised the issue of the defendant's competency to stand trial

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Examples of competency in a Sentence

Critics have questioned the director's competency. she's proved that she has the competency to run a major company

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But giving computers the ability to sort information with the same aptitude as a human is a core competency of AI. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple’s new AI chief might actually be the right person to fix Siri," 11 July 2018 To offer career development, Camden provides Camden University, a role specific degree program with developing key skills and competencies to help team members become more successful. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Lau ordered Hoeller be evaluated for mental competency within the next 15 days, according to electronic court records . Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fired Carroll University instructor jailed after calling Florida high school shooter 'his hero'," 28 Feb. 2018 In a hearing Thursday, Goss and Woodard argued before Visiting Judge Susan Reed, who is presiding over the case, about Camara’s competency since the injury. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio death penalty case ends in mistrial over attorney’s health," 5 July 2018 Students may also choose a faster pace through the RN-BSN FLEX Option degree program, which involves more online coursework and competency testing to earn credits. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lack of seats in nursing degree program at UWM no longer an obstacle for students with new MATC partnership," 3 July 2018 Yet in this highly competitive era, is doing the job itself enough, or is competency merely the ante to play? Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Your second (and most important) job," 16 June 2018 Defense documents about Dunn's competency to stand trial in Clinton County directly contradict much of Elliott's testimony. Keith Bierygolick,, "Why did Ohio man hold woman captive in Blanchester shed? An imaginary prostitution ring.," 14 June 2018 Evaluate his capability around key competencies for the role. Elaine Varelas,, "Use situation with employee as a developmental opportunity," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of competency

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for competency

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The first known use of competency was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of competency

: an ability or skill


com·pe·ten·cy | \ -ən-sē \
plural competencies

Medical Definition of competency 


com·pe·ten·cy | \ ˈkäm-pə-tən-sē \

Legal Definition of competency 

1 : the quality or state of being mentally competent — compare capacity, incompetence, insanity

2 : the quality or state of being legally qualified or adequate the competency, quantum and legal effect of evidenceState v. Scoggin, 72 S.E.2d 54 (1952)

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