Quotes: Competence, Incompetence

(striving to just do it right)

competence (s) (noun), competences (pl)
1. The quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity: "He hired her because of her competence as a secretary."
2. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; having the ability to achieve tasks or assignments successfully.
3. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.
incompetence (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. The lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications to succeed with a project.
2. The quality or situation in which a person is lacking a qualification or an ability to do something; incapable; inadequate for or unsuited for a particular purpose or application.
3. Etymology: from French incompétence, from in-, "not, opposite of, without" + compétence, from competens, competere, "to strive in common"; in classical Latin "to come together, to agree, to be qualified"; later it came to mean, "strive together"; from com-, "together" + petere, "to strive, to seek, to fall upon, to rush at, to attack".


Unfortunately, fostering competence in individuals has proven immensely more difficult than expanding opportunities for competent citizens.
—Lawrence M. Mead, The New Politics of Poverty

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