ul·​tra·​com·​pe·​tent ˌəl-trə-ˈkäm-pə-tənt How to pronounce ultracompetent (audio)
: extremely or extraordinarily competent: such as
: greatly exceeding an adequate or requisite level of ability
her ultracompetent assistant
of a bacterial cell : highly efficient in taking up exogenous DNA
ultracompetent cells created in the laboratory for DNA cloning

Examples of ultracompetent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both are quietly confident and ultracompetent. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ultracompetent was in 1903

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“Ultracompetent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultracompetent. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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