competence

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noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s\

Definition of competence

  1. 1 :  a sufficiency of means for the necessities and conveniences of life <“ … money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Beyond a competence, it can afford no real satisfaction … ” — Jane Austen>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being competent: such 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

  3. 3 :  the knowledge that enables a person to speak and understand a language <has demonstrated competence in conversational Arabic> — compare performance 6

Examples of competence in a sentence

  1. He trusts in the competence of his doctor.

  2. <questioned his competence to finish the task without help>

Origin and Etymology of competence

see competent


First Known Use: 1605

Other Embryology Terms


COMPETENCE Defined for English Language Learners

competence

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noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s\

Definition of competence for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to do something well : the quality or state of being competent


COMPETENCE Defined for Kids

competence

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noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pə-təns\

Definition of competence for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being capable


Medical Dictionary

competence

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noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pət-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of competence

  1. :  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


Law Dictionary

competence

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noun com·pe·tence \ˈkäm-pə-təns\

Legal Definition of competence

  1. :  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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