Definitions for competentˈkɒm pɪ tənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pe•tentˈkɒm pɪ tənt(adj.)

  1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose.

  2. adequate but not exceptional.

  3. (esp. of a witness) qualified as to age, soundness of mind, or the like.

    Category: Law

Origin of competent:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L competent-, s. of competēns, prp. of competere to meet, agree


Princeton's WordNet

  1. competent(adj)

    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

    "a competent typist"

  2. competent(adj)

    adequate for the purpose

    "a competent performance"

  3. competent(adj)

    legally qualified or sufficient

    "a competent court"; "competent testimony"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. competent(adjective)ˈkɒm pɪ tənt

    able to do a job well

    a highly competent lawyer


  1. competent(Adjective)

    Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.

    He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.

  2. competent(Adjective)

    Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.

  3. competent(Adjective)

    Adequate for the purpose

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competent(adj)

    answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit

  2. Competent(adj)

    rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'competent' in Adjectives Frequency: #896

Translations for competent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


capable; skilled

a competent pianist; competent to drive a car.

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