- The definition of competence is your skill or ability in a specific field or subject, or being able to do something well or to being sane enough to stand trial in court.
- An example of competence is when a pianist has the ability to play the piano well.
- An example of competence is when people are tested to determine whether they have sufficient skills to perform a specific job.
- An example of competence is when a defendant is examined by a psychiatrist to determine if he understands how to assist in his own defense.
- sufficient means for one's needs
- condition or quality of being competent; ability; fitness; specif., legal capability, power, or jurisdiction
Origin: French compétence ; from Classical Latin competentia, a meeting, agreement ; from competens, present participle of competere: see compete
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- a. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; ability. See Synonyms at ability.b. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.
- Law The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
- Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
- Microbiology The ability of bacteria to be genetically transformable.
- Medicine The ability to respond immunologically to bacteria, viruses, or other antigenic agents.
- Linguistics The knowledge that enables one to produce and comprehend a language.
competence - Medical Definition
- The quality of being competent or capable of performing an allotted function.
- The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
- The mental ability to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's own affairs.
- The ability of a cell, especially a bacterial cell, to be genetically transformable.
- The ability to respond immunologically to viruses or other antigenic agents.
- Integrity, especially the normal tight closure of a cardiac valve.
competence - Science Definition
- The ability of bacteria to be undergo genetic transformation .
- The ability to respond immunologically to an antigen, as in an immune cell responding to a virus.
- The ability to function normally because of structural integrity, as in a heart valve.
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