Competence

Definition of Competence

Com´pe`tence
n.1.The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.
The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause.
- Burke.
To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law.
- Burke.
2.Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words - health, peace, and competence.
- Pope.
3.(Law) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence.
5.the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).

Related Words

ability, competency, fitness, incompetence, incompetency, proficiency
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