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Pronunciation:  'kâmpitns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually

COMPETENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: competency
 Antonyms: incompetence, incompetency
 See Also: ability, fitness, proficiency



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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;

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

         To make them act zealously is not in the competence
         of law.                               --Burke.

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

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

         Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but
         competency lives longer.              --Shak.

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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Ability to take up DNA and become genetically transformed.
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