What does competent mean?

Definitions for competent
ˈkɒm pɪ təntcom·pe·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. competentadjective

    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

    "a competent typist"

  2. competentadjective

    adequate for the purpose

    "a competent performance"

  3. competentadjective

    legally qualified or sufficient

    "a competent court"; "competent testimony"

Wiktionary

  1. competentadjective

    Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.

    He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.

  2. competentadjective

    Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.

  3. competentadjective

    Adequate for the purpose

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competentadjective

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

  2. Competentadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Competent

    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. competĕrecom, with, petĕre, to seek, to strive after.]

Editors Contribution

  1. competent

    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

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of competent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of competent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of competent in a Sentence

  1. Sun-tzu:

    A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

  2. Jose Maria Sison:

    No, I don't want any position for myself, but you know there are many people who are very competent.

  3. Ahn Chan-il:

    He wants to come across and brand himself as a leader who is modern and competent, rather than a descendant of his predecessors, and he wants to gradually tone down the idolization of the two late leaders as it goes against his agenda to brand the North as a normal state.

  4. Governor Carlos Costa:

    The binding offers have to be presented by June 30 and after that there will be a selection phase of the buyer, which will depend on whether the offers are more or less close, and on the contacts with the competent entities in the process, competition authorities and the European Commission.

  5. Antonin Scalia:

    I'm just not impressed by the fact that the University of Texas may have fewer (African-Americans), maybe it ought to have fewer. And maybe some -- you know, when you take more, the number of blacks, really competent blacks, admitted to lesser schools, turns out to be less.

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