competence
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkɒmpətəns/

Noun

competence

  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.
  2. (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.
  3. (linguistics) The system of linguistic knowledge possessed by native speakers of a language, as opposed to its actual use in concrete situations (performance), cf. linguistic competence.
  4. (dated) A sustainable income.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  5. (countable, 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.
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