1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
2. adequate but not exceptional.
3. Law. (of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.) having legal competence, as by meeting certain minimum requirements of age, soundness of mind, or the like.
4. Geology. (of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.
OTHER WORDS FROM COMPETENT
WORDS RELATED TO COMPETENT
proficient, capable, efficient, decent, skilled, qualified, adequate, adapted, appropriate, clever, complete, crisp, endowed, enough, equal, fit, fool, good, pertinent, polished
SEE SYNONYMS FOR competent ON THESAURUS.COM
1. fit, capable, proficient.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR COMPETENT
1. See able.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French ) < Latin competent- (stem of competens, present participle of competere to meet, agree). See compete, -ent
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What they found was that most people preferred to work with the lovable fool rather than the competent jerk.
THE CASE AGAINST IN-YOUR-FACE ATHEISM|STEVE NEUMANN|JANUARY 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But he had a personal fortune—he spent $1.5 million of his own money on the race—and a competent, if uninspired, message.
HOW HOUSE DEMS LOST THEIR LAST SOUTHERN WHITE GUY|JAMES RICHARDSON|NOVEMBER 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Either of the MiG types must be honored, especially in the hands of a competent pilot,” the retired pilot said.
U.S. FIGHTER JOCKS PRAY THE ‘ISIS AIR FORCE’ RUMORS ARE TRUE|DAVE MAJUMDAR|OCTOBER 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The job of Speaker has to include setting a competent, moral tone for the Congress in particular, and the government in general.
FORMER LOBBYIST JACK ABRAMOFF ON CONGRESSIONAL TRAVEL DISCLOSURE|JACK ABRAMOFF|JULY 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What competent judge in the world would tolerate such open displays of defiance?
IRAQI INSURGENTS CIRCULATE THE LIE THAT THEY KILLED THE JUDGE IN SADDAM’S TRIAL|MICHAEL NEWTON|JUNE 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This condition can only be determined by a competent physician with the aid of the microscope and other means.
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This should only be altered by competent service stations using accurate measuring instruments.
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It has been thought that the people are not competent electors of judges learned in the law.
MEMOIR, CORRESPONDENCE, AND MISCELLANIES, FROM THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON|THOMAS JEFFERSON
Like competent train despatchers, men able to be first-class chief operators are few and far between.
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You've fought your way to a competent living in five years and kept yourself clean and unspotted from the world.
THE FOOLISH VIRGIN|THOMAS DIXON