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competence

noun
 
 
/ˈkɒmpɪtəns/
[C or U] ( also competency) the ability to do something well: Students can prove their competence by performing well in the exam. The ideal candidate will have both a design sensibility and competence in the relevant software packages. We need objective standards to assess the competency of our workforce.
[C or U] ( also competency) HR an important skill that is needed to do a job: The writer stresses the need for wide-ranging competencies in addition to specific knowledge. →  See also core competence
[U] LAW the power of a person, business, court, or government to deal with something or take legal decisions: sb's competence to do sth There are concerns about his competence to stand trial. At present, national authorities have competence in these cases.
Translations of “competence”
in Korean 능력…
in Arabic كَفاءة…
in Portuguese competência…
in Catalan competència…
in Japanese 能力…
in Italian competenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能力, 才幹, 水準…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能力, 才干, 水平…
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