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competent

adjective

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 of competent able, capable, equal, fit, good, qualified, suitable Words Related to competent 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 of competent inexperienced, inexpert, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful; unprepared, unschooled, untrained; beginning, green, new, raw, untested, untried Antonyms of competent 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 of competent just, condign, deserved, due, fair, justified, merited, right, rightful, warrantedWords Related to competent applicable, appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, meet, proper, requisite, suitable; lawful, legal, legitimate; accurate, correct, true; rhadamanthine, strict, stringent, uncompromising; equitable, impartial, squareNear Antonyms of competent incoherent, incorrect, irrelative, irrelevant; improper, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, indefensible, unjustifiable, unreasonable, unsuitable; biased, inequitable, partial, unequal; arbitrary, despotic; illegitimate, unlawfulAntonyms of competent undeserved, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustified, unmerited, unwarranted

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

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