What does Competence mean?

Definitions for Competence
ˈkɒm pɪ tənsCom·pe·tence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. competence, competencynoun

    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually


  1. competencenoun

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

  2. competencenoun

    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. competencenoun

    A sustainable income.

  4. competencenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competencenoun

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of Competence in a Sentence

  1. Harry Nelson:

    Judge Brenda Penny is under significant pressure to forego the exam in respect of the evidence that this conservatorship needs to end, but [ Penny ] may nonetheless feel it is appropriate to make a clear record of Britney’s competence and ability to manage her own health, business and life without oversight.

  2. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr:

    We don't only look at competence but we also give a lot of room to psychological capabilities, he was 100% set to fly without restrictions.

  3. Andrew Bates:

    President Donald Trump ran as a disruptor, as the change candidate. But President Donald Trump performance in office has been an absolute train wreck -- now nearly 90,000 Americans have lost their lives and over 30 million have lost their jobs, that makes Trump Biden the change candidate. Trump Biden represents change because the whole country recognizes the urgent need to restore competence to the Oval Office.

  4. Darrell Urban Black:

    Supervisors who bully employees reveal their lack of competence in reasoning.

  5. Elmar Degenhart:

    Software competence is mission critical for successful car companies but the industry lacks scale in this competence.

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  • مهارةArabic
  • 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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