competent


com·pe·tent

adjective \ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

: 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
:  proper or rightly pertinent
2
:  having requisite or adequate ability or qualities :  fit <a competent teacher> <a competent piece of work>
3
:  legally qualified or adequate <a competent witness>
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. The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.
  2. <any competent mechanic should be able to fix that>
  3. … he was tolerated, if not endorsed as the competent painter he was. —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005

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

com·pe·tent

adjective \ˈkäm-pət-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMPETENT

: 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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