1. properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
; - Example: "a competent typist"
2. adequate for the purpose
; - Example: "a competent performance"
3. legally qualified or sufficient
; - Example: "a competent court"- Example: "competent testimony"
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Competent \Com"pe*tent\ (k[o^]m"p[-e]*tent; 94), a. [F.
comp['e]tent, p. pr. of comp['e]ter to be in the competency
of, LL. competere to strive after together, to agree with;
hence, to be fit. See Compete.]
1. Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient;
suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit. "A competent
knowledge of the world." --Atterbury. "Competent age."
--Grafton. "Competent statesmen." --Palfrey. /"A competent
2. Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by
to. [Rare, except in legal usage.]
That is the privilege of the infinite Author of
things, . . . but is not competent to any finite
Syn: See Qualified.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or
efficient; "a competent typist" [ant: incompetent]
2: adequate for the purpose; "a competent performance"
3: legally qualified or sufficient; "a competent court";
"competent testimony" [ant: incompetent, unqualified]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
119 Moby Thesaurus words for "competent":
OK, able, absolute, acceptable, actionable, adapted, adept,
adequate, adjusted, all right, ample, applicable, ascendant,
au fait, authoritarian, authoritative, authorized, autocratic,
barely sufficient, capable, checked out, clothed with authority,
comfortable, commanding, commensurate, consequential, considerable,
constitutional, controlling, corresponding, decent, dominant, due,
duly constituted, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient,
eminent, empowered, enough, equal to, ex officio, finished, fit,
fitted, fitted for, good, good enough, governing, great, hegemonic,
hegemonistic, imperative, important, influential, journeyman,
judicial, juridical, just, justiciable, kosher, lawful, lawmaking,
leading, legal, legislative, legit, legitimate, licit, masterly,
mighty, minimal, minimum, momentous, monocratic, official, okay,
plenty, plenty good enough, polished, potent, powerful, preeminent,
prepared, prestigious, productive, proficient, prominent, proper,
proportionate, puissant, qualified, ranking, rightful, ruling,
sanctioned, satisfactory, senior, statutory, substantial,
sufficient, sufficient for, sufficing, suitable, suited, superior,
supreme, totalitarian, up to, up to snuff, valid, weighty,
well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited, wicked, within the law,