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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 previewEntrepreneurship & Management (2010)

by Manjunath V.S.

Communication competency refers to the ability to transmit information and emotions accurately. We need to develop good communication skills such as verbal, non verbal and e-communication. Good listening and being sensitive to others is also very important. Organizational diversity is increasing day-by-day and we are witnessing diverse workforce in terms of age, race, ethnicity, gender, skills, education, work experience, religious beliefs, personal life styles etc. The diversity ...

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 declare herself or himself culturally competent. Cultural competency is a process that takes commitment and work throughout one's life span. No one is expected to know everything there is to know about the many diverse racial, ethnic, ...

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. We may gain competency at any level in any of the five categories of competencies explained here, but if we don't use these skills or competencies regularly they tend to recede into the woodwork. The ever-present need for “ growth on the job” ...

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 and that ideally help it perform well ( the desired outcome) against important goals, desired competency outcomes, or CSFs (which should also be desired outcomes) (Eden & Ackermann, 2010). In other words, an...

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 referred to as adjudicative competency. A defendant must be competent to confess, plead, stand trial, waive the right to an...

Unlike insanity, competency is a common issue in criminal trials and may be the most frequently occurring mental health question in criminal law.

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training (2017)

by Chris Warhurst, Ken Mayhew, David Finegold, John Buchanan

is that: Competency is the consistent application of knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace.

says that: Competency is a broader concept than the ability to perform individual workplace tasks and comprises the application of all the specified ...

Google previewHandbook of Intelligence (2014)

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

an emotional, 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 and use emotional information about others that leads to or causes effective or superior performance; and (c) a cognitive intelligence competency is an ...

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. Competency focuses on a person's mental state and is designed to insure the fairness of the legal process.

Although insanity is rarely used and rarely successful, competency is the most frequently addressed mental health question facing the courts, and most individuals are found competent. For example, pretrial competency evaluations occur in as many as 8 percent of all felony cases (Hoge, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: A-J (2003)

by Jack Rabin

Most organizations use four to eight bands set at logical breaks in skill or competency levels, such as clerical, technical, administrative/professional, managerial, and executive. Administration of pay to individual employees ( discussed in a following section) is typically delegated to operating departments rather than centralized in the human resources department. Broadbanding is considered to be more compatible with self-directed work teams, employee empowerment, and other ...

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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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