- The definition of competent is a person or thing that is qualified to do something or adequate for a specific purpose.
- An accountant with ten years of experience is an example of a competent accountant.
- A paring knife that has cut up all the salad vegetables is an example of a competent performance.
- well qualified; capable; fit: a competent doctor
- sufficient; adequate: a competent understanding of law
- permissible or properly belonging: with to
- Law legally qualified, authorized, or fit
Origin of competentMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin competens, present participle of competere: see compete
- Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable: a competent typist.
- Adequate for the purpose: a competent performance.
- Law Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
Origin of competentMiddle English, adequate, from Old French, from Latin competēns, competent-, present participle of competere, to be suitable; see compete.
(comparative more competent, superlative most competent)
- Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
- He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.
- (law) Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
- For any disagreements arising from this contract, the competent court shall be the Springfield Circuit Court.
- judicial authority having competent jurisdiction
- Adequate for the purpose
OriginSee also: compétent
From Old French competent.
competent - Legal Definition
Possessing sufficient mental ability to understand an issue, problem, or situation; to make a reasonable decision concerning it; and to understand and appreciate the potential consequences of the decision. See also capacity, compos mentis, and insanity.
Possessing the legal authority, jurisdiction, qualification, or legally required mental ability to perform a task.competent evidence
See evidence.competent witness