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
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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
An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.
Jacky was one of the top development professionals working on Iraq, and she devoted nearly 10 years of her life to helping the country, she was extremely bright, highly competent, and well able to handle herself in difficult environments, and she was universally loved. We are in total shock.
If three or four years go by and you lack training, you lack money, you lack equipment, you lack spare parts and most importantly you lack a competent, capable, committed leadership, then you can certainly understand why units fell apart.
Music is an extraordinary locksmith; it is so competent that it can open our soul's door even with closed eyes!
It's merely seeking a determination at the highest level of competent jurisdiction as to the resolution of this very important constitutional issue.
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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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