Synonyms and Antonyms of competent

  1. 1 having the required skills for an acceptable level of performance any competent mechanic should be able to fix that Synonyms able, capable, equal, fit, good, qualified, suitable Related Words accomplished, ace, adept, experienced, expert, master, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), proficient, seasoned, skilled, skillful, veteran; overqualified; prepared, schooled, trained; apt, ready, willing; all-around (also all-round), protean, versatile Phrases on the ball Near Antonyms inexperienced, inexpert, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful; unprepared, unschooled, untrained; beginning, green, new, raw, untested, untried Antonyms incompetent, inept, poor, unfit, unfitted, unqualified

  2. 2 being what is called for by accepted standards of right and wrong the arbiter has all the necessary information to make a competent decision on the matter Synonyms just, condign, deserved, due, fair, justified, merited, right, rightful, warrantedRelated Words applicable, appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, meet, proper, requisite, suitable; lawful, legal, legitimate; accurate, correct, true; rhadamanthine, strict, stringent, uncompromising; equitable, impartial, squareNear Antonyms incoherent, incorrect, irrelative, irrelevant; improper, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, indefensible, unjustifiable, unreasonable, unsuitable; biased, inequitable, partial, unequal; arbitrary, despotic; illegitimate, unlawfulAntonyms undeserved, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustified, unmerited, unwarranted

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a brief usually trivial fact

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