Commonsense vs Competency - What's the difference?

commonsense | competency |

As an adjective commonsense

is exhibiting or using common sense.

As a noun competency is

(obsolete) a sufficient supply (of).




(en adjective)
  • Exhibiting or using common sense
  • competency



  • (obsolete) A sufficient supply (of).
  • * 1612 , John Smith, Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia , in Kupperman 1988, p. 178:
  • the next day they returned unsuspected, leaving their confederates to follow, and in the interim, to convay them a competencie of all things they could
  • * (Ambrose Bierce)
  • (obsolete) A sustainable income.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
  • * 1915 , :
  • He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it. He knew that the lack made a man petty, mean, grasping; it distorted his character and caused him to view the world from a vulgar angle; when you had to consider every penny, money became of grotesque importance: you needed a competency to rate it at its proper value.
  • The ability to perform some task; competence.
  • * Burke
  • The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause.
  • * 2004 , Bill Clinton, My Life
  • By the year 2000, American students will leave grades four, eight, and twelve having demonstrated competency in challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, history, and geography....
  • (legal) Meeting specified qualifications to perform.
  • (linguistics) implicit knowledge of a language’s structure.
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