She had a capacity for action, a competence that clashed incongruously with her appearance.
Most of them were young, brash, competent, shifty-eyed and shook hands limply.
In this office one had to be competent.
A few words to say informally in a little after-dinner speech—you know, nothing blatant, no vulgar sales talk—only a few well-chosen thoughts on the responsibility of realtors to society, on the importance of selecting architects who are competent, respected and well established.
He was shrewd, competent and unscrupulous in the innocent manner of one unable to grasp the conception of a scruple.
Roark threw his head back, to glance up at the rising steel frame; the light was full on his face, and she saw his look of concentration, not a smile, but an expression that gave her a joyous feeling of competence, of disciplined reason in action.
It’s simple to seek substitutes for competence—such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity.
But there is no substitute for competence.
Everybody can’t be as competent as you, my dear.
They were flat, brown oxfords, offensively competent, too well shined on the muddy pavement, contemptuous of rain and of beauty.
Only now she did not write a column on houses, but kept busy wherever a competent hand was needed to fill a gap.
But I’ll be damned if I can see why a man worth forty must be penalized—and penalized in favor of the one who’s less competent.
There are no more uses of "competent" in the book.
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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.
Izzi and I exchange a glance at that—his sheer competence is unnerving.