Simple Definition of competence
: the ability to do something well : the quality or state of being competent
Full Definition of competence
1 : a sufficiency of means for the necessities and conveniences of life <provided his family with a comfortable competence — Rex Ingamells>
2 : the quality or state of being competent: as a : the properties of an embryonic field that enable it to respond in a characteristic manner to an organizer b : readiness of bacteria to undergo genetic transformation
3 : the knowledge that enables a person to speak and understand a language — compare performance 6
Examples of competence in a sentence
He trusts in the competence of his doctor.
<questioned his competence to finish the task without help>
First Known Use of competence
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Definition of competence for Students
: the quality or state of being capable
Medical Definition of competence
: the quality or state of being functionally adequate <assess the competence of the immune system>: asa: the properties of an embryonic field that enable it to respond in a characteristic manner to an organizerb: readiness of bacteria to undergo genetic transformation
Legal Definition of competence
: the quality or state of being competent: as a : possession of sufficient knowledge or skill b : legal authority, ability, or admissibility <a court of general competence> <the competence of witnesses> <challenge the competence of the evidence>
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