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Competence vs Productive - What's the difference?

competence | productive |

As a noun competence

is skill.

As an adjective productive is

capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile.




  • (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






    (en adjective)
  • capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile
  • yielding good or useful results; constructive
  • of, or relating to the creation of goods or services
  • (linguistics, of an affix or word construction rule) consistently applicable to any of an open set of words
  • *
  • Moreover, this relationship is a productive one, in the sense that when new Adjectives are created (e.g. ginormous'' concocted out of ''gigantic'' and ''enormous''), then the corresponding Adverb form (in this case ''ginormously'') can also be used. And in those exceptional cases where Adverbs do not end in ''-ly'', they generally have the same form as the corresponding Adjective, as with ''hard'', ''fast , etc.
  • (medicine) of a cough, producing mucus or sputum from the respiratory tract
  • (medicine) of inflammation, producing new tissue
  • Usage notes

    In English, the plural suffix “-es” is productive' because it can be appended to an open set of words (singular nouns ending in sibilants). Thus, if a new word with that pattern becomes an English noun (e.g. *''examplex''), it would have a default plural (e.g. *''examplexes'') because “-es” is ' productive .


    * See also


    * unproductive * nonproductive * destructive * baneful * ruinous


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