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1 : the quality or state of being mentally competent compare capacity, incompetence, insanity
2 : the quality or state of being legally qualified or adequate [the , quantum and legal effect of evidence "State v. Scoggin, 72 S.E.2d 54 (1952)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.