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Definition of competence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(competency) [uncountable, countable] competence (in something) competence (in doing something) the ability to do something well to gain a high level of competence in English professional/technical competence opposite incompetence
  2. 2[uncountable] (law) the power that a court, an organization or a person has to deal with something The judge has to act within the competence of the court. outside someone's area of competence
  3. 3[countable] (competencytechnology) a skill that you need in a particular job or for a particular task The syllabus lists the knowledge and competences required at this level.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: competence

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