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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Jill Harth:

    I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced. She advised me with great competence and compassion.

  2. Eddie Rickenbacker:

    Courage is COMPETENCE!

  3. Bernd Osterloh:

    The company needs to be able to take decisions quicker, and a smaller management board. Regions need more competence to take decisions.

  4. James Grover Thurber:

    One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, cooperation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs.... He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Inspiration is a prerequisite to aspiration just like competence is a prerequisite to promotion. Thus, dare to inspire someone as often as you can, so that he or she can aspire. ~Emeasoba George

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Translations for 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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