Definition of competence
- " … money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Beyond a competence, it can afford no real satisfaction … "
- —Jane Austen
He trusts in the competence of his doctor.
questioned his competence to finish the task without help
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: the ability to do something well : the quality or state of being competent
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