Competence is the ability to perform a specific task, action or function successfully. Incompetence is its opposite.

  • Competence (biology), the ability of a cell to take up DNA
  • Competence (human resources), a standardized requirement for an individual to properly perform a specific job
  • Competence (law), the mental capacity of an individual to participate in legal proceedings
  • Jurisdiction, the authority of a legal body to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility
  • Linguistic competence, the ability to speak and understand language in a grammatically correct manner

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