Definitions for "Communicative competence"
ability to interact appropriately with others by knowing what to say, to whom, when, where, and how
the speaker's ability to put language to communicative use, usually traced back to Hymes. See pragmatic competence
A speaker’s ability to effectively communicate an intentional message so as to alter the listener’s attitudes, beliefs, and/or behaviors. A very young child can thereby be communicatively competent with a minimal development of linguistic skills” (Nicolosi, Harryman, & Kresheck, p. 62).