noun Date: 1605 1. a sufficiency of means for the necessities and conveniences of life <
provided his family with a comfortable competence — Rex Ingamells
2. the quality or state of being competent: as a. the properties of an embryonic field that enable it to respond in a characteristic manner to an organizer b. readiness of bacteria to undergo genetic transformation 3. the knowledge that enables a person to speak and understand a languagecompare performance 6

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