from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; ability. See Synonyms at ability.
- n. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.
- n. Law The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
- n. Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
- n. Microbiology The ability of bacteria to be genetically transformable.
- n. Medicine The ability to respond immunologically to bacteria, viruses, or other antigenic agents.
- n. Linguistics The knowledge that enables one to produce and comprehend a language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.
- n. The quality or state of being able or suitable for a particular task; the quality or state of being competent for a particular task.
- n. A sustainable income.
- n. In law, the legal authority to deal with a matter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.
- n. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
- n. Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness.
- n. Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause.
- n. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being competent; fitness; suitableness; adequateness: as, there is no doubt of his competence for the task.
- n. Adequate authority or qualification; range of capacity or ability; the sphere of action or judgment within which one is competent.
- n. In the law of evidence: Legal capacity or fitness to be heard in court, as distinguished from credibility or sufficiency, because the question whether the evidence shall be heard is usually determined before considering its weight.
- n. Legal right or authority; power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause: as, the competency of a judge or court to examine and decide.
- n. Sufficiency; such a quantity as is sufficient; especially, property, means of subsistence, or income sufficient to furnish the necessaries and conveniences of life, without superfluity.
- n. In physical geography, the ability of a stream to transport the amount of land waste that is brought into it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
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Firstly, David Griffiths of University of Bolton talked about conflicting definitions of the term competence in formal learning and lifelong learning context.
In one of these he said: I have always, as you know looked forward to the ministry, and to such a kind of ministry as you have in America, where a man, for the most part, speaks to cultivated, instructed people, living in a healthy state of society, where a competence is the rule, and where there is a practical equality.
Whether we have the qualifications and relevant information to judge that competence is another matter.
Amelie, competence is definitely the most important characterstic of a doctor!
OF COURSE the union opposes bonuses for the best teachers – the purpose of unions is to remove competence from the equation.
Chris launched them, but the charm of Billie and David's competence is what kept the show alive after Chris left.
I think that people are setting the bar so low in politics that basic competence is being touted as amazing … .. he left the country marginally better than he took it … .. not much more.
Recovering a reputation for economic competence is key.
The overreaching of many scientists into fields beyond their competence is perhaps explained in part by the loss of an important idea in modern thinking — final causality or purpose.
This was a quote from one of the comments of someone who signed the petition, and it sums up the main view of the petition: that technical competence is more important than leadership in NASA's top position.
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