n. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
- (Law) (a) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence. The capacity to do something; with minimal or basic abilities or qualifications. (b) Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a judge or court.