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Noun competence has 1 sense


competencen. [Cf. F. compétence, from L. competentia agreement.].
  •  The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.  [1913 Webster]
    "The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause."  [1913 Webster]
    "To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.  [1913 Webster]
    "Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
    Lie in three words -- health, peace, and competence.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence.  Kent.  [1913 Webster]
  •  the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).  [WordNet 1.5]


competence, n. (also competency)
1 (often foll. by for, or to + infin.) ability; the state of being competent.
2 an income large enough to live on, usu. unearned.
3 Law the legal capacity (of a court, a magistrate, etc.) to deal with a matter.



ability, ableness, absolute power, absolutism, address, adeptness, adequacy, adequate supply, adequateness, adroitness, airmanship, appropriateness, artfulness, artisanship, artistry, authority, bare minimum, bare sufficiency, bravura, brilliance, caliber, capability, capableness, capacity, cleverness, command, competency, condition, constituted authority, control, coordination, craft, craftsmanship, cunning, deftness, delegated authority, dexterity, dexterousness, dextrousness, diplomacy, divine right, efficacy, efficiency, enough, exact measure, expertise, facility, faculty, finesse, fitness, fittedness, flair, genius, grace, grip, handiness, horsemanship, indirect authority, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inherent authority, jus divinum, just enough, know-how, lawful authority, legal authority, legitimacy, marksmanship, mastership, mastery, maturity, might, minimum, power, practical ability, preparedness, prerogative, proficiency, prowess, qualification, quickness, readiness, regality, resource, resourcefulness, right, right amount, rightful authority, ripeness, royal prerogative, satisfaction, satisfactoriness, satisfactory amount, savoir-faire, savvy, seamanship, seasoning, skill, skillfulness, style, sufficiency, sufficient, sufficientness, suitability, suitableness, suitedness, susceptibility, tact, tactfulness, talent, technical brilliance, technical mastery, technical skill, technique, tempering, the goods, the say, the say-so, the stuff, timing, trim, vested authority, vicarious authority, virtuosity, what it takes, wit, wizardry, workmanship




N sufficiency, adequacy, enough, withal, satisfaction, competence, no less, quantum sufficit, Q, S, mediocrity, fill, fullness, plenitude, plenty, abundance, copiousness, amplitude, galore, lots, profusion, full measure, good measure pressed down and running, over, luxuriance, affluence, fat of the land, a land flowing with milk and honey, cornucopia, horn of plenty, horn of Amalthaea, mine, outpouring, flood, tide, repletion, satiety, sufficient, enough, adequate, up to the mark, commensurate, competent, satisfactory, valid, tangible, measured, moderate, full, ample, plenty, plentiful, plenteous, plenty as blackberries, copious, abundant, abounding, replete, enough and to spare, flush, choke-full, chock-full, well-stocked, well- provided, liberal, unstinted, unstinting, stintless, without stint, unsparing, unmeasured, lavish, wholesale, rich, luxuriant, affluent, wantless, big with, unexhausted, unwasted, exhaustless, inexhaustible, sufficiently, amply Adj, full, in abundance, with no sparing hand, to one's heart's content, ad libitum, without stint, cut and come again, das Beste ist gut genug.


N skill, skillfulness, address, dexterity, dexterousness, adroitness, expertness, proficiency, competence, technical competence, craft, callidity, facility, knack, trick, sleight, mastery, mastership, excellence, panurgy, ambidexterity, ambidextrousness, sleight of hand, seamanship, airmanship, marksmanship, horsemanship, rope-dancing, accomplishment, acquirement, attainment, art, science, technicality, technology, practical knowledge, technical knowledge, knowledge of the world, world wisdom, savoir faire, tact, mother wit, discretion, finesse, craftiness, management, self-help, cleverness, talent, ability, ingenuity, capacity, parts, talents, faculty, endowment, forte, turn, gift, genius, intelligence, sharpness, readiness, invention, aptness, aptitude, turn for, capacity for, genius for, felicity, capability, curiosa felicitas, qualification, habilitation, proficient, masterpiece, coup de maitre, chef d'euvre, tour de force, good stroke, skillful, dexterous, adroit, expert, apt, handy, quick, deft, ready, gain, slick, smart, proficient, good at, up to, at home in, master of, a good hand at, au fait, thoroughbred, masterly, crack, accomplished, conversant, experienced, practiced, skilled, hackneyed, up in, well up in, in practice, in proper cue, competent, efficient, qualified, capable, fitted, fit for, up to the mark, trained, initiated, prepared, primed, finished, clever, cute, able, ingenious, felicitous, gifted, talented, endowed, inventive, shrewd, sharp, on the ball, cunning, alive to, up to snuff, not to be caught with chaff, discreet, neat-handed, fine-fingered, nimble-fingered, ambidextrous, sure- footed, cut out for, fitted for, technical, artistic, scientific, daedalian, shipshape, workman- like, business-like, statesman-like, skillfully, well, artistically, with skill, with consummate skill, secundum artem, suo Marte, to the best of one's abilities, ars celare artem, artes honorabit, celui qui veut celui-la peut, c'est une grande habilite que de savoir cacher son, expertus metuit, es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille sich ein C, heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute, if you have lemons, make lemonade.


N wealth, riches, fortune, handsome fortune, opulence, affluence, good circumstances, easy circumstances, independence, competence, solvency, provision, livelihood, maintenance, alimony, dowry, means, resources, substance, property, command of money, income, capital, money, round sum, mint of money, mine of wealth, El Dorado, bonanza, Pacatolus, Golconda, Potosi, long purse, full purse, well lined purse, heavy purse, deep pockets, purse of Fortunatus, embarras de richesses, pelf, Mammon, lucre, filthy lucre, loaves and fishes, rich man, moneyed man, warm man, man of substance, capitalist, millionaire, tippybob, Nabob, Croesus, idas, Plutus, Dives, Timon of Athens, Timocracy, Plutocracy, Danae, wealthy, rich, affluent, opulent, moneyed, monied, worth much, well to do, well off, warm, comfortable, well, well provided for, made of money, rich as Croesus, filthy rich, rich as a Jew, rolling in riches, rolling in wealth, flush, flush of cash, flush of money, flush of tin, in funds, in cash, in full feather, solvent, pecunious, out of debt, in the black, all straight, one's ship coming in, amour fait beaucoup mais argent fait tout, love does much but money does everything, aurea rumpunt tecta quietem, magna servitus ist magna fortuna, mammon, the least erected spirit that fell from Heaven, opum furiata cupido, vera prosperita e non aver necessita, wie gewonnen so zerronnen.

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