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competence

[ kom-pi-tuhns ]
/ ˈkɒm pɪ təns /
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noun
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Origin of competence

First recorded in 1585–95; compet(ent) + -ence
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How to use competence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for competence

competence
/ (ˈkɒmpɪtəns) /

noun
the condition of being capable; ability
a sufficient income to live on
the state of being legally competent or qualified
embryol the ability of embryonic tissues to react to external conditions in a way that influences subsequent development
linguistics (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, independent of its psychological embodiment in actual human beingsCompare performance (def. 7), langue, parole (def. 5)
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Scientific definitions for competence

competence
[ kŏmpĭ-təns ]

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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