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See also: compétence
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.
- 2005, Lies Sercu and Ewa Bandura, Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Competence: An International Investigation:
- Teachers are now required to teach intercultural communicative competence.
- (countable) The quality or state of being able or suitable for a particular task; the quality or state of being competent for a particular task or skill.
- (linguistics) The system of linguistic knowledge possessed by native speakers of a language, as opposed to its actual use in concrete situations (performance), cf. linguistic competence.
- (dated) A sustainable income.
- 1811, Jane Austen, chapter 17, in Sense and Sensibility:
- “money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Beyond a competence, it can afford no real satisfaction, as far as mere self is concerned.”
- (countable, law, politics) the legal authority to deal with a matter.
- 2016, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, “Division of competences in the European Union”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- K C Wheare's definition of federalism requires that two governments be independent and co-ordinate within their own spheres, generally set out by the division of competences codified in a constitution, which is supreme.
- 2003, Rodrigo Uprimny, “The constitutional court and control of presidential extraordinary powers in Colombia”, in Democratization:
- Also, the Constitutional Court has tried to reduce impunity in cases of human rights abuses by narrowly interpreting the legal competence of military justice to investigate military and police officers.
- (geology) The degree to which a rock is resistant to deformation or flow.
the quality or state of being competent for a general role.
the quality or state of being competent for a particular task.
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