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competent

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adjective com·pe·tent \ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

Simple Definition of competent

  • : having the necessary ability or skills : able to do something well or well enough to meet a standard

  • law : able to take part in a trial

Full Definition of competent

  1. 1 :  proper or rightly pertinent

  2. 2 :  having requisite or adequate ability or qualities :  fit <a competent teacher> <a competent piece of work>

  3. 3 :  legally qualified or adequate <a competent witness>

  4. 4 :  having the capacity to function or develop in a particular way; specifically :  having the capacity to respond (as by producing an antibody) to an antigenic determinant <immunologically competent cells>

com·pe·tent·ly adverb

Examples of competent

  1. … he was tolerated, if not endorsed as the competent painter he was. —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005

  2. The crafting of fine violins has proceeded for centuries as a secret art, handed down through apprenticeships from generation to generation. It takes 8 years, at least, to train a competent craftsman, decades to hone a master. —Richard Lipkin, Science News, 3 Sept. 1994

  3. “Resort cities're transient places,” the detective argued. “… That doesn't mean the police aren't competent.” —Joseph Wambaugh, The Secrets of Harry Bright,1985

  4. … I discovered that Lieutenant Lincoln—a much-admired man hereabouts, and, I imagine, an exceedingly competent physician—was from Worcester … —Alexander Woollcott, letter, 2 Oct. 1917

  5. The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.

  6. <any competent mechanic should be able to fix that>



Origin of competent

Middle English, suitable, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin competent-, competens, from present participle of competere


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of competent

sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need <sufficient savings>. enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient <do you have enough food?>. adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement <the service was adequate>. competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end <had no competent notion of what was going on>.

COMPETENT Defined for Kids

competent

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adjective com·pe·tent \ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

Definition of competent

  1. :  capable 2, efficient <a competent teacher>

com·pe·tent·ly adverb



Medical Dictionary

competent

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adjective com·pe·tent \ˈkäm-pət-ənt\

Medical Definition of competent

  1. :  having the capacity to function or develop in a particular way; specifically :  having the capacity to respond (as by producing an antibody) to an antigenic determinant <immunologically competent cells>





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