Definition of Competence:

  1. A cluster of related abilities, commitments, knowledge, and skills that enable a person (or an organization) to act effectively in a job or situation.

    Competence indicates sufficiency of knowledge and skills that enable someone to act in a wide variety of situations. Because each level of responsibility has its own requirements, competence can occur in any period of a persons life or at any stage of his or her career.

  2. Law: The capacity of a person to understand a situation and to act reasonably. Disputes regarding the competence of an individual are settled by a judge and not by a professional (such as a doctor or a psychiatrist) although the judge may seek expert opinion before delivering at a judgment. Also called legal capacity.

  3. The ability to do something successfully or efficiently.

  4. An income large enough to live on, typically unearned.

Synonyms of Competence

Capability, Ability, Competency, Capacity, Proficiency, Accomplishment, Adeptness, Adroitness, Knowledge, Expertise, Expertness, Skill, Skilfulness, Prowess, Mastery, Resources, Faculties, Facilities, Talent, Bent, Aptitude, Artistry, Virtuosity, Ability, Ableness, Absolute power, Absolutism, Address, Adeptness, Adequacy, Adequate supply, Adequateness, Adroitness, Airmanship, Appropriateness, Artfulness, Artisanship, Artistry, Authority, Bare minimum, Bare sufficiency, Bravura, Brilliance, Caliber, Capability, Capableness, Capacity, Cleverness, Command, Competency, Condition, Constituted authority, Control, Coordination, Craft, Craftsmanship, Cunning, Deftness, Delegated authority, Dexterity, Dexterousness, Dextrousness, Diplomacy, Divine right, Efficacy, Efficiency, Enough, Exact measure, Expertise, Facility, Faculty, Finesse, Fitness, Fittedness, Flair, Genius, Grace, Grip, Handiness, Horsemanship, Indirect authority, Ingeniousness, Ingenuity, Inherent authority, Jus divinum, Just enough, Know-how, Lawful authority, Legal authority, Legitimacy, Marksmanship, Mastership, Mastery, Maturity, Might, Minimum, Power, Practical ability, Preparedness, Prerogative, Proficiency, Prowess, Qualification, Quickness, Readiness, Regality, Resource, Resourcefulness, Right, Right amount, Rightful authority, Ripeness, Royal prerogative, Satisfaction, Satisfactoriness, Satisfactory amount, Savoir-faire, Savvy, Seamanship, Seasoning, Skill, Skillfulness, Style, Sufficiency, Sufficient, Sufficientness, Suitability, Suitableness, Suitedness, Susceptibility, Tact, Tactfulness, Talent, Technical brilliance, Technical mastery, Technical skill, Technique, Tempering, The goods, The say, The say-so, The stuff, Timing, Trim, Vested authority, Vicarious authority, Virtuosity, What it takes, Wit, Wizardry, Workmanship

How to use Competence in a sentence?

  1. The new engineer showed an astounding level of competence which made his superiors very pleased with having hired him at their location.
  2. Best practice is to retain an employee in one position long enough to show their competence before making any promotions to a higher position.
  3. In order to become an educator, Albert had to display a certain level of competence within her field by taking a licensure examination and obtaining her degree.
  4. The players displayed varying degrees of competence.

Meaning of Competence & Competence Definition