- 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 of competenceFrench compétence ; from Classical Latin competentia, a meeting, agreement ; from competens, present participle of competere: see compete
- a. The ability to do something well or efficiently.b. A range of skill or ability: a task beyond his competence.c. A specific ability or skill: a surprising competence in dealing with animals.
- Law The quality or condition of being legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
- 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 speak and understand a language.
- Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
(countable and uncountable, plural competences)
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.
- (countable) The quality or state of being able or suitable for a particular task; the quality or state of being competent for a particular task.
- A sustainable income.
- (countable) In law, the legal authority to deal with a matter.
- That question is out with the competence of this court and must be taken to a higher court.
From French compétence.