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Definition of competence

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    1. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; ability. See Synonyms at ability.
    2. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.
  1. Law The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
  2. Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
  3. Microbiology The ability of bacteria to be genetically transformable.
  4. Medicine The ability to respond immunologically to bacteria, viruses, or other antigenic agents.
  5. Linguistics The knowledge that enables one to produce and comprehend a language.

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