Competent meaning

kŏmpĭ-tənt
Well qualified; capable; fit.

A competent doctor.

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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.

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Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable.

A competent typist.

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Adequate for the purpose.

A competent performance.

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Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
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Sufficient; adequate.

A competent understanding of law.

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Legally qualified, authorized, or fit.
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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.
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See witness.
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Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.

He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.

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(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.

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Origin of competent

  • Middle English adequate from Old French from Latin competēns competent- present participle of competere to be suitable compete

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French competent.

    From Wiktionary