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
… he was tolerated, if not endorsed as the competent painter he was. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005The crafting of fine violins has proceeded for centuries as a secret art, handed down through apprenticeships from generation to generation. It takes 8 years, at least, to train a competent craftsman, decades to hone a master. Richard Lipkin, Science News, 3 Sept. 1994"Resort cities're transient places," the detective argued. " … That doesn't mean the police aren't competent." Joseph Wambaugh, The Secrets of Harry Bright, 1985… I discovered that Lieutenant Lincoln—a much-admired man hereabouts, and, I imagine, an exceedingly competent physician—was from Worcester … Alexander Woollcott, letter, 2 Oct. 1917
The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.
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Recent Examples on the WebAfter Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was found mentally competent, a judge signed off on his application to defend himself in the murder case, a spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office told Fox News Digital.
Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2022 The man has been in custody for several years since he was found not competent to stand trial after an arrest for planting a fake explosive outside the Guardian Building, a skyscraper in Detroit.
Michael Balsamo, Sun Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 The man has been in custody for several years since he was found not competent to stand trial after an arrest for planting a fake explosive outside the Guardian Building, a skyscraper in Detroit.CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 Actor Eddie Deezen is has been found not competent to stand trial in a nursing home burglary case because of a mental disorder.
Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Deezen, who played Eugene in the hit musical, was found not competent because of a mental disorder.
Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 8 Aug. 2022 Politically, the storm provided DeSantis a platform to project a unifying tone in the final stretch of the campaign, displaying his ability to set aside the culture warrior role and shift into a competent crisis manager.
Anthony Izaguirre, Chicago Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 After his family moved from New York to Los Angeles, Spector seemed to find focus and escape in music — initially becoming a competent jazz guitarist before forming a high school trio, the Teddy Bears.
David Browne, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2022 Texas A&M finally scored more than 24 points -- hang the banner, Jimbo! -- and looked more competent with Conner Weigman at quarterback.
John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, 30 Oct. 2022 See More
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Middle English, suitable, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin competent-, competens, from present participle of competere — see compete