Definition of Competence

1. Noun. The quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually.

Exact synonyms: Competency
Specialized synonyms: Fitness, Linguistic Competence, Proficiency
Generic synonyms: Ability
Derivative terms: Competent, Competent, Competent
Antonyms: Incompetence

Definition of Competence

1. n. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.

Definition of Competence

1. Noun. The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role. ¹

2. Noun. The quality or state of being able or suitable for a particular task; the quality or state of being competent for a particular task. ¹

3. Noun. A sustainable income. ¹

4. Noun. In law, the legal authority to deal with a matter. ¹

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Definition of Competence

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Competence

1. Ability to take up DNA and become genetically transformed. (05 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Competence

compensatory spending
compensatory time
competence (current term)
competence hearing
competency-based education
competent cell

Literary usage of Competence

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1. Improving Compliance With Alcoholism Treatment edited by Kathleen Carroll (2000)
"Compliance Versus competence Nonspecific aspects. Nonspecific aspects (eg, providing education, a supportive relationship) that are important to the outcome ..."

2. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1905)
"But it is a question of the special case, how far this competence is ... For heads of States exercise this competence for their States and as the latter's ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"It corresponds, consequently, very closely to the powers exercised by civil magistrates m affairs belonging to their competence. While the external forum ..."

4. The Law of Torts: A Treatise on the Principles of Obligations Arising from by Frederick Pollock (1895)
"It will be remembered that the general duty of diligence includes the particular duty of competence in cases where the matter taken in hand is of a sort ..."

5. Prevention Primer: An Encyclopedia of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"_ communications promotes cultural competence in prevention efforts. ... Cultural competence helps prevention practitioners avoid stereotypes and biases ..."

6. Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers by Diane Depanfilis (1995)
"CPS CASEWORKER competence Caseworker competence in CPS is predicated on the ... Caseworkers build competence through training, experience, and supervision. ..."

7. Mammalian Embryo Genomics by OECD (2003)
"Chapter 1 Polyadenylation of Oocyte Transcripts as Marker of Developmental competence Tiziana AL Brevini, Fabiana Cillo, Chiara Francisci, Fulvio Gandolfi ..."

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