from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable: a competent typist.
- adj. Adequate for the purpose: a competent performance.
- adj. Law Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
- adj. Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
- adj. Adequate for the purpose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit.
- adj. Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Answering all requirements; suitable; fit; sufficient or adequate for the purpose: as, competent supplies of food and clothing; an army competent to the defense of the kingdom.
- Having ability or capacity; properly qualified: as, a competent bookkeeper.
- In law, having legal capacity or qualification: as, a competent judge or court; a competent witness.
- Rightfully or lawfully belonging; pertaining by right; permissible: followed by to.
- Fitted, etc. See qualified.
- n. One of the competentes (which see).
- In physical geography, of a stream, capable of transporting fragments of a given size.
- In geology, having sufficient firmness and strength to transmit pressure to other strata or to lift an overlying burden, as a rock or stratum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
- adj. adequate for the purpose
- adj. legally qualified or sufficient
Middle English, adequate, from Old French, from Latin competēns, competent-, present participle of competere, to be suitable; see compete.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)