Definitions for competenceˈkɒm pɪ təns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pe•tenceˈkɒm pɪ təns(n.)

  1. the quality of being competent.

  2. an income sufficient to furnish the necessities and modest comforts of life.

  3. the sum total of possible developmental responses of any group of blastemic cells under varied external conditions.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  4. the implicit internalized knowledge of a language that a speaker possesses and that enables the speaker to produce and understand the language.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare performance (def. 8). 8

  5. the state of being immunocompetent.

    Category: Immunology

Origin of competence:

1585–95; < MF < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. competence, competency(noun)

    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually


  1. competence(Noun)

    The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.

  2. competence(Noun)

    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. competence(Noun)

    A sustainable income.

  4. competence(Noun)

    In law, the legal authority to deal with a matter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competence(noun)

    alt. of Competency


  1. Competence

    Competence is the ability of an individual to do a job properly. A competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. The term "competence" first appeared in an article authored by R.W. White in 1959 as a concept for performance motivation. Later, in 1970, Craig C. Lundberg defined the concept in "Planning the Executive Development Program". The term gained traction when in 1973, David McClelland, Ph.D. wrote a seminal paper entitled, "Testing for Competence Rather Than for Intelligence". It has since been popularized by one-time fellow McBer & Company colleague Richard Boyatzis and many others, such as T.F. Gilbert who used the concept in relationship to performance improvement. Its use varies widely, which leads to considerable misunderstanding. Some scholars see "competence" as a combination of knowledge, skills and behavior used to improve performance; or as the state or quality of being adequately or well qualified, having the ability to perform a specific role. For instance, management competency might include systems thinking and emotional intelligence, and skills in influence and negotiation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'competence' in Nouns Frequency: #2164

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