What does Competence mean?

Definitions for Competenceˈkɒm pɪ təns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Competence.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Competence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Competence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    No competence is required to be a scarecrow!

  2. Klaus Froehlich:

    For me it is a core competence to have the most intelligent car.

  3. Peggy Noonan:

    Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.

  4. Laurence J. Peter:

    Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

  5. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr:

    We don't only look at competence, but we also give a lot of room to psychological capabilities.

Images & Illustrations of Competence

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Translations for Competence

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • правомощие, вещина, способност, меродавност, компетентност, умениеBulgarian
  • competènciaCatalan, Valencian
  • Befugnis, Kompetenz, Befähigung, Sachkunde, Zuständigkeit, KönnenGerman
  • competenciaSpanish
  • kompetenssiFinnish
  • compétenceFrench
  • competenzaItalian
  • āheingaMāori
  • competentie, bevoegdheid, bekwaamheidDutch
  • правомочие, компетентность, компетенция, умение, способностьRussian
  • 權限Chinese

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