- 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
From Old French competent.