competence

  

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1.

A cluster of related abilities, commitments, knowledge, and skills that enable a person (or an organization) to act effectively in a job or situation.

Competence indicates sufficiency of knowledge and skills that enable someone to act in a wide variety of situations. Because each level of responsibility has its own requirements, competence can occur in any period of a person's life or at any stage of his or her career.

2.Law: The capacity of a person to understand a situation and to act reasonably. Disputes regarding the competence of an individual are settled by a judge and not by a professional (such as a doctor or a psychiatrist) although the judge may seek expert opinion before delivering at a judgment. Also called legal capacity.

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  • Best practice is to retain an employee in one position long enough to show their competence before making any promotions to a higher position.

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  • In order to become an educator, Albert had to display a certain level of competence within her field by taking a licensure examination and obtaining her degree.

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  • The new engineer showed an astounding level of competence which made his superiors very pleased with having hired him at their location.

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