|1.||the condition of being capable; ability|
|2.||a sufficient income to live on|
|3.||the state of being legally competent or qualified|
|4.||embryol the ability of embryonic tissues to react to external conditions in a way that influences subsequent development|
|5.||linguistics performance langue Compare parole (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, independent of its psychological embodiment in actual human beings|
competence com·pe·tence (kŏm'pĭ-təns)
The quality of being competent or capable of performing an allotted function.
The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.
The mental ability to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's own affairs.
The ability of a cell, especially a bacterial cell, to be genetically transformable.
The ability to respond immunologically to viruses or other antigenic agents.
Integrity, especially the normal tight closure of a cardiac valve.