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n. ~ 1. Having the basic qualifications to perform a function. - 2. Diplomatics · The mandate and authority given to an office or person to accomplish something.

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Competence is not necessarily tied to responsibility. If a competent individual acts as an agent for another person, the person represented may be responsible for any action taken. For example, an archivist in a large repository may have competence to negotiate deeds of gift, but the responsibility for those deeds may lie with the repository's director.

Citations:
(Duranti 1998, p. 90, n. 10) Function1 and competence are a different order of the same thing. Function is the whole of the activities aimed to one purpose, considered abstractly. Competence is the authority and capacity of carrying out a determined sphere of activities within one function, attributed to a given office or an individual. . . . While a function is always abstract, a competence must be attached to a juridical person.