Usage examples for competence

  1. This counsellor could be selected from those who might be induced to listen to such a proposal, as may place before them a certain liberal competence, with the opportunity of rising to independence in a sphere where the number of competitors would be so low as to render final success less precarious. – The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811) by David Dickinson Mann
  2. His competence was afterwards attacked, and it emerged triumphant, exactly as his perfect charity and humility and amenity, and his long inward loneliness, of half a century, did. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  3. She disposed of the problem of the Christmas service with the absent competence of a person engrossed in greater matters. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  4. Each issue contains an Introduction by a scholar of special competence in the field represented. – The Gamester (1753) by Edward Moore Commentator: Charles H. Peake Phillip R. Wikelund
  5. They saw themselves stripped, within a few weeks or even days, of wealth, of a competence, in too many cases of their all. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  6. The judges must be persons of high moral character, qualified to hold the highest judicial offices in that country, or be jurisconsults of recognized competence in international law. – State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
  7. He could point to a score of men who had not worked half so hard as he had, in his own opinion, that had made fortunes, or at least won a competence, while he was as poor as ever, and in danger of having his place taken away from him. – Haste and Waste by Oliver Optic
  8. Then he said he would stay in Boston until he came back, that he had information for him that was of the greatest importance, and that when he told father what it was, that he, Langdon, could have anything my father possessed in the way of a job and a competence for life. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  9. James was close to his dream of making his play for an appearance in court and pleading for the law to recognize his competence to act as an adult. – The Fourth R by George Oliver Smith
  10. Prosperity and contentment can only be found where all industrial pursuits prove remunerative; where manual labor not only supports the laborer, but enables him to acquire a competence in process of time. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  11. We found just now that the characteristic use of an hereditary constitutional monarch, at the outset of an administration, greatly surpassed the ordinary competence of hereditary faculties. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  12. I have no doubt of Mr Cooper's competence, returned Mr Webster; but I will order a further examination, as you seem so anxious about it. – Saved by the Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne