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used in Jane Eyre

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capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability
  • If J.E., who advertised in the —shire Herald of last Thursday, possesses the acquirements mentioned, and if she is in a position to give satisfactory references as to character and competency, a situation can be offered her where there is but one pupil, a little girl, under ten years of age; and where the salary is thirty pounds per annum.
    Chapter 10 (55% in)
competency = ability

(editor's note:  In this book, competency is used elsewhere in a manner seldom seen today. In those instances, it describes someone as having an income or assets to support living expenses.)
  • Mrs. Fairfax turned out to be what she appeared, a placid-tempered, kind-natured woman, of competent education and average intelligence.
    Chapter 12 (1% in)
  • competent = sufficient
  • I have suffered a martyrdom from their incompetency and caprice.
    Chapter 17 (79% in)
  • incompetency = inability to do things sufficiently

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetency means not and reverses the meaning of competency. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • I do not speak to the feeble, or think of them: I address only such as are worthy of the work, and competent to accomplish it.
    Chapter 34 (60% in)
competent = sufficiently capable
There are no more uses of "competent" in Jane Eyre.

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