A competent doctor.
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.
A competent typist.
A competent performance.
A competent understanding of law.
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.