properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
"a competent typist"
adequate for the purpose
"a competent performance"
legally qualified or sufficient
"a competent court"; "competent testimony"
Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.
Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
Adequate for the purpose
answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit
rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom′pe-tent, adj. suitable: sufficient: fit: belonging: legally qualified: legitimate.—ns. Com′petence, Com′petency, fitness: capacity: sufficiency: competent circumstances: legal power or capacity.—adv. Com′petently. [Fr.,—L. competĕre—com, with, petĕre, to seek, to strive after.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'competent' in Adjectives Frequency: #896
The numerical value of competent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of competent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Peter is a very competent chief executive and he is running the bank.
People want Congress and the Senate to govern, they want them to be competent.
He is a very tough and competent political operator, he's also a very decent human being.
Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
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Translations for competent
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- способен, меродавен, вещ, компетентенBulgarian
- competentes, competenteSpanish
- etevä, pätevä, osaava, taitava, toimivaltainenFinnish
- comasachScottish Gaelic
- kaha, toa, matatauMāori
- bevoegd, capabel, bekwaam, competentDutch
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