Competence
Competence Com"pe*tence, Competency Com"pe*ten*cy, n. [Cf. F. comp['e]tence, from L. competentia agreement.] 1. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power. [1913 Webster]

The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess. [1913 Webster]

Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words -- health, peace, and competence. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) (a) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence. (b) Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a judge or court. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

5. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task). [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


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  • compétence — COMPÉTENCE. s. f. Le droit qui rend un Juge compétent. On lui dispute la compétence. Faire juger la compétence. Cela n est pas de sa compétence. Il faut auparavant juger la compétence. f♛/b] On dit figurément d Un homme qui n est pas capable de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • competence — com·pe·tence / käm pə təns/ n: the quality or state of being competent: as a: possession of sufficient knowledge or skill b: legal authority, ability, or admissibility a court of general competence the competence of witnesses challenge the… …   Law dictionary

  • competence — competence, competency 1. Fowler (1926) remarked that ‘neither has any sense in which the other cannot be used’, and noted that the first form is gaining ground. This assertion remains generally valid, and in the meantime competence has won out… …   Modern English usage

  • competence — (n.) 1590s, rivalry; c.1600 adequate supply; 1630s, sufficiency of means for living at ease, from Fr. compétence, from L. competentia meeting together, agreement, symmetry, from competens, prp. of competere (see COMPETE (Cf. compete)). Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

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