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Definition of the noun competency

What does competency mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: competencies

  1. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
    • example: I'm casting aspersions on his competency as a statistician.
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of competency: competence
    • more generic word: ability = the quality of being able to perform
    • more specific terms:
      • fitness = the quality of being qualified
      • linguistic competence = a speaker's implicit, internalized knowledge of the rules of their language
      • proficiency = the quality of having great facility and competence

Alternative definition of the noun competency


  1. [obsolete] A sufficient supply (of).
  2. The ability to perform some task; competence.
  3. [legal] Meeting specified qualifications to perform.
  4. [linguistics] implicit knowledge of a language’s structure.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for competency

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Google previewInternational Perspectives on Socio-Economic Development in the Era of Globalization (2016)

by Sen, Saurabh

Competency is the knowledge, skills, and ability related to the high job performance such as problem solving, analytical thinking, and leadership ( Mirabile, 1997). Competency is an approach to arranging knowledge, know-how, and attitudes (Berio & Harzallah, 2005).

Competency is a combination of tacit and explicit knowledge, behavior, and skills that give someone the potential effectiveness of tasks ...

Google previewHandbook of Intelligence (2014)

Evolutionary Theory, Historical Perspective, and Current Concepts by Sam Goldstein, Dana Princiotta, Jack A. Naglieri

intelligence competency is an ability to recognize, understand, and use emotional information about oneself that leads to or causes effective or superior performance; (b) a social intelligence competency is the ability to recognize, understand ...

Google previewCulturally Adapting Psychotherapy for Asian Heritage Populations (2016)

An Evidence-Based Approach by Wei-Chin Hwang

Cultural competency is a very broad term that is hard to define and even more difficult to teach. In the field of psychology, the most widely accepted definition of cultural competency refers to the development of awareness (eg, cultural ...

Google previewRacial Disproportionality in Child Welfare (2014)

by Marian S Harris

Cultural competency is a goal that a system, agency, program or individual continually aspires to achieve. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2003, 6–7) One does not attend a conference, workshop, and/or training session and ...

Google previewEstate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability (2009)

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

COMPETENCY IS A LEGAL CONCEPT, not a psychological one. In terms of estate planning, it is about convincing a judge or jury that a document in question (e.g., a will, trust, power of attorney) is a fair expression of a reasonably healthy ...

Google previewThe Neuropsychology of Everyday Life: Assessment and Basic Competencies (2012)

by David E. Tupper, Keith D. Cicerone

Cognitive competency is a psychological construct that cannot be directly observed but can be inferred from an individual's behavior or performance on content-relevant tasks. It is estimated that nearly 20 psychological/behavioral instruments ...

Google preview21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook (2008)

by Stephen F. Davis, William Buskist

Competency is a much different and, in many ways, easier standard to meet than insanity.

Google previewThe Competency Toolkit (2000)

by David D. Dubois, William J. Rothwell

A job competency is an underlying characteristic of an employee (that is, a motive , trait, skill, aspect of one's self-image, social role,

A job task is a unit of work, whereas a competency is a tool that one uses to perform one or more job tasks.

Google previewManagement Competency for Physical Activity Education and Sport (2007)

by Earle F. Zeigler

The authors firmly believe that the pursuit of overall managerial or administrative competency is a lifelong enterprise (and adventure!) for the committed professional manager. Here, as in all aspects of life, the adage “Move It or Lose It ” applies.

Google previewProceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Management Science and Engineering Management (2014)

Focused on Computing and Engineering Management by Jiuping Xu, Virgílio António Cruz-Machado, Benjamin Lev, Stefan Nickel

Xiaofeng Li and Taojun Feng Abstract Entrepreneurial competency is the key to decide the success or failure of College students' innovative undertaking. How to measure a college student' entrepreneurial competency is a long lasting difficult ...

Google previewCompeting Globally (2012)

by Ph D Farid D Elashmawi, Farid Elashmawi, Ph.D.

Cultural competency is what future global business managers will need to supplement both technological advances and price reductions. Competing globally through enhancing one's cultural competency is the goal of this book. It was written ...

Google previewStrategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (2011)

A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement by John M. Bryson

Here some definitions are helpful: a competency is an ability, sets of actions or processes that an organization can manage...

Google previewForensic Psychology (2008)

by Matthew T. Huss

As suggested before, competency is an issue throughout the criminal process and criminally related competency is frequently...

Google previewLeadership Lexicon (2005)

by Bellingham Rick, Rick Bellingham, William O'Brien

Acknowledgments vii Preface ix Foreword xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Identifying — The First Meta-Competency 3 Section 1 — Analyzing the Conditions and Possibilities 5 Leadership Competency 1: Identifying Business Trends and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of History of American Management (2005)

by Morgen Witzel

Using operant methods to explore the differences in thoughts, feelings and behaviour of superior performers as compared to average or poor performers, competency models were developed and validated against performance in a job.

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology (2015)

by J. Michael Spector

However, competency models exist, and several certifications specifically recognize instructional designer competence.

Several competency models, or frameworks that spell out the competencies needed for effective performance, exist for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Health (2013)

by David C. Wiley, Amy C. Cory

Cultural competency is defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health as having the capacity to function effectively within the realm of cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management (2010)

by Abraham Pizam

Competency profiling in the hospitality sector is a process that aims to identify the skills, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and judgment (or competencies) required for effectiveness in a specific job role. The approach involves studying the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Psychology Set (2015)

by Robin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld

These include defining competencies in specific, objective, and easy to measure terms; obtaining consensus with regard to the essential components of each competency domain; establishing an agreed upon armamentarium of tools for ...

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Scrabble value of C3O1M3P3E1T1E1N1C3Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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