Definition of competent
- a competent teacher
- a competent piece of work
- a competent witness
- immunologically competent cells
The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.
any competent mechanic should be able to fix that
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: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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