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Meaning of COMPETENT

Pronunciation:  'kâmpitnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  adequate for the purpose; "a competent performance"
  2. [adj]  properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist"

COMPETENT is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: able, adequate, capable, effective, efficient, qualified, workmanlike
 Antonyms: incompetent
 See Also: skilled



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Com"pe*tent\ (?; 94), a. [F. comp['e]tent, p. pr. of
comp['e]ter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to
strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See
1. Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient;
   suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit. ``A competent
   knowledge of the world.'' --Atterbury. ``Competent age.''
   --Grafton. ``Competent statesmen.'' --Palfrey. /``A
   competent witness.'' --Bouvier.

2. Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by
   to. [Rare, except in legal usage.]

         That is the privilege of the infinite Author of
         things, . . . but is not competent to any finite
         being.                                --Locke.

Syn: See {Qualified}.

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