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.]
Having the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge and skills for the role and responsibility.
She and her husband were so competent at their respective employment.Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020
British National Corpus
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
Examples of competent in a Sentence
I think youre observing Israels most seasoned and competent politician who knows exactly how to fire up his base and is now using all his tools at his disposal in order to ensure victory.
We can best aid the pursuit of justice at this time through targeted disclosure. We will share names and information about specific alleged perpetrators with state prosecution authorities that are preparing cases to be heard before a competent and impartial judiciary.
The (European) Commission is in touch with the German competent authorities on this particular case.
We want our residents to be educated, to have access to competent immigration attorneys and nonprofit agencies, to have their documents and records in a safe place and not to fear seeking assistance from local police, schools and other agencies, when needed.
Music is an extraordinary locksmith; it is so competent that it can open our soul's door even with closed eyes!
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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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