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  • Do you feel competent, huh, to attack the dogmas of immunology?
  • His examination papers were competent but, save in bacteriology and internal medicine, they were sketchy.
  • But now that you’ve had your lesson— Do you think you’d be competent to teach Practical Hygiene in Edtooth University?
  • In the enormous staff dining-room Gottlieb found scores of competent young chemists and biologists who treated him with reverence.
  • And from a scientific standpoint, don’t overlook the fact that the impression of properly remunerated competence which you make on a patient is of just as much importance, in these days of the new psychology, as the drugs you get into him or the operations he lets you get away with.
  • "Marty" he said, "do you feel competent to run this Department?"
  • He wondered at the presence of Martin, found him human, told him he was human, and did his rather competent best to catch up on the cocktails.
  • I haven’t any doubt I can give you the full appointment later—if we find you’re competent and popular.
  • From the car, jolly and competent in tweeds, stepped Joyce.
  • This was Latham Ireland, an achingly well-dressed man of fifty, a competent lawyer who was fond of standing in front of fireplaces and being quietly clever.
  • She knew too many men who were witty and well-bred, ivory smooth and competent to help her spend the four or five million dollars with which she was burdened.
  • Then for a year with each day longer than a sleepless night, yet the whole year speeding without events or seasons or eagerness, Martin was a faithful mechanic in that most competent, most clean and brisk and visionless medical factory, the Rouncefield Clinic.
  • With the other women of the Group Leora was never so intimate as with Clara Tredgold, but they liked her, the more because she was a heretic whose vices, her smoking, her indolence, her relish of competent profanity, disturbed Mrs. Pickerbaugh and Mrs. Irving Watters.
  • Joust, the vulgar but competent bio-physicist, lacking the affection which kept Martin and Terry from reproaching the old man, told Gottlieb that he was a "rotten Director and ought to quit," and was straightway discharged and replaced by a muffin.
  • When he took up diffusion problems, he began to develop his own apparatus, and whether it was from inborn ingenuity or merely from a fury of labor, he was so competent that he won from Terry the almost overwhelming praise: "Why, that’s not so darn’ bad, Slim!" The sureness to which Max Gottlieb seems to have been born came to Martin slowly, after many stumblings, but it came.
  • Until he should open a certified and recognizable office, most of the village did not regard him as a competent physician but as "that son-in-law of Andy Tozer’s.
  • She rose to shake hands—a firm, competent grasp—and to cry in her glorious contralto, "Dr. Tubbs is so complimentary only because he knows that otherwise I wouldn’t give him his afternoon tea.
  • He kissed her, very competently, and raved, "God, woman, I’ve got it! The real big stuff! I’ve found something, not a chemical you put in I mean, that eats bugs—dissolves ’em—kills ’em.
  • But same TIME, when you begin to make a practice of encouraging a lot of folks, that can afford to pay, to go and get free treatment, and practically you attack the integrity of the physicians of this city, that have been giving God knows how much of their time to charity—" Martin answered neither wisely nor competently: "Irve, sweetheart, you can go straight to hell!"

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  • If a person keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he can count on waking up some morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.
    William James
  • Izzi and I exchange a glance at that—his sheer competence is unnerving.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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