competent

competent com‧pe‧tent [ˈkɒmptənt ǁ ˈkɑːm-] adjective
1. having enough skill, knowledge, or ability to do something to a satisfactory standard:

• The farm would have to be run by a competent manager.

• You need someone who is both competent at finance and honest.

2. a piece of work or equipment that is competent is satisfactory but not particularly good:

• The graphics test showed the portable photocopier to be competent, but no more.

3. LAW having the official power to make legal decisions or deal with particular legal cases:

• We are determined to ensure that those individuals appear before a competent court as speedily as possible.

4. LAW old enough, well enough, or intelligent enough to make decisions, appear in a court of law, sign a legal document etc:

• He was declared competent to stand trial.

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competent UK US /ˈkɒmpɪtənt/ adjective
able to do something well: »

A competent sales manager should have known exactly what to do in that situation.

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Operators must be fully competent in the use of the system.

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We have highly competent consultants, with a broad range of expertise.

good enough, but not excellent: »

People who work for us need to be more than merely competent; they need to excel.

LAW able or allowed to make legal decisions: »

The prospective jurors did not indicate whether they thought the plaintiff was competent.

competently /ˈkɒmpɪtəntli/ US  /ˈkɑːmpəṱənt-/ adverb
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Each candidate implies that the other cannot be trusted to run the economy competently.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • compétent — compétent, ente [ kɔ̃petɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • v. 1240 « approprié, suffisant »; lat. competens 1 ♦ (1480) Dr. Qui a droit de connaître d une matière, d une cause. ⇒ compétence. Le tribunal s est déclaré compétent pour juger cette cause. ⇒ connaître… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • competent — com·pe·tent / käm pə tənt/ adj 1: having or showing requisite or adequate ability or qualities a competent lawyer competent representation by counsel 2 a: free from addiction or mental defect that renders one incapable of taking care of oneself… …   Law dictionary

  • compétent — compétent, ente (kon pé tan, tan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de droit. Qui a droit de connaître d une matière, d une cause. Le tribunal s est déclaré compétent. Le mariage doit être contracté devant l officier public compétent. •   Il est vrai qu ils… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • competent — COMPETÉNT, Ă, competenţi, te, adj. 1. Care este bine informat într un anumit domeniu; care este capabil, care este în măsură să judece un anumit lucru. 2. Care are atribuţia, căderea, autoritatea legală să facă ceva; îndreptăţit. [var.: (înv.)… …   Dicționar Român

  • compétent — COMPÉTENT, ENTE. adj. (On prononce Compétant.) Qui appartient, qui est dû. En ce sens, c est un terme de Pratique, et qui n est guère d usage qu en cette phrase, Portion compétente. Le père a donné à chacun de ses enfans leur portion compétente.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Competent — Com pe*tent (k[o^]m p[ e]*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 {Compete}.] 1. Answering to all requirements; adequate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • competent — [käm′pətənt] adj. [ME < OFr < L competens, prp. of competere: see COMPETE] 1. well qualified; capable; fit [a competent doctor] 2. sufficient; adequate [a competent understanding of law] 3. permissible or properly belonging: with to 4. Law… …   English World dictionary

  • competent — late 14c., suitable, from O.Fr. competent sufficient, appropriate, suitable, from L. competentem (nom. competens), prp. of competere coincide, agree (see COMPETE (Cf. compete)). Meaning able, fit is from 1640s. Legal sense is late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • competent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the necessary skill or knowledge to do something successfully. 2) satisfactory or adequate, though not outstanding: she spoke quite competent French. 3) having legal authority to deal with a particular matter. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • Compĕtent — (v. lat.), 1) schicklich, zulässig, befugt, rechtmäßig; 2) Mitbewerber …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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