Capacity and Competence


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Capacity noun – The physical or mental power to do something.
Usage example: not everyone has the capacity for learning higher math

Competence is a synonym for capacity in ability topic. In some cases you can use "Competence" instead a noun "Capacity", when it comes to topics like talent, potential. popular alternative
Nearby Words: capability, capacious, capaciousness, capacitance, capacitor
Synonyms for Capacity


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Competence noun – The physical or mental power to do something.
Usage example: questioned his competence to finish the task without help

Capacity is a synonym for competence in ability topic. You can use "Capacity" instead a noun "Competence", if it concerns topics such as talent, capability. popular alternative
Nearby Words: competent, compete, competently, competency, competing
Synonyms for Competence

How words are described

emotional emotional capacity emotional competence
high high capacity high competence
physical physical capacity physical competence
usual usual capacity usual competence
Other adjectives: average, sheer, actual, extreme, great, serious, decent, new, professional, incredible, mental, less, significant, greater, higher, overall, industrial.
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