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Competence vs Equipment - What's the difference?

competence | equipment |

As nouns the difference between competence and equipment

is that competence is skill while equipment is the act of equipping, or the state of being equipped, as for a voyage or expedition.




  • (uncountable) The quality or state of being competent, i.e. able or suitable for a general role.
  • * 2005 , Lies Sercu and Ewa Bandura, Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Competence: An International Investigation :
  • Teachers are now required to teach intercultural communicative competence .
  • (countable) The quality or state of being able or suitable for a particular task; the quality or state of being competent for a particular task.
  • * 1961 , National Council for Elementary Science (U.S.), Science Education :
  • What professional competences do science teachers need?
  • A sustainable income.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, / Lie in three words — health, peace, and competence .
  • * 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 17
  • “money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Beyond a competence , it can afford no real satisfaction, as far as mere self is concerned.”
  • (countable) In law, the legal authority to deal with a matter.
  • That question is out with the competence of this court and must be taken to a higher court.


    * ability * competency * nous * savoir-faire * knack (colloq.) * aptitude * See also


    * inability * ineptitude * incompetence






  • The act of equipping, or the state of being equipped, as for a voyage or expedition.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • The equipment of the fleet was hastened by De Witt.
  • Whatever is used in equipping something or someone, for example things needed for an expedition or voyage
  • * 11 July 2013 , Jo Confino in The Guardian Online'', ''How technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world[http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/technology-stopped-evolution-destroying-world?INTCMP=SRCH]
  • Tompkins is considered a hero in the deep ecology movement and works hand in hand with his wife Kris, the former CEO of the outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • Armed and dight, In the equipment of a knight.