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competence

noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s\

: 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

  1. He trusts in the competence of his doctor.
  2. <questioned his competence to finish the task without help>

First Known Use of COMPETENCE

1605

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

competence

noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pət-ən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMPETENCE

:  the quality or state of being functionally adequate <drugs that improve the competence of a failing heart>: 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

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