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Definition capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner)

In the field of law, competent has the specialized meaning of being legally qualified to do something such as to be mentally fit to make reasonable decisions; or to have jurisdiction or authority to take an action.
  • She is a competent student and I have no doubt she will be a competent lawyer one day.
competent = capable
  • She is a competent; though not an outstanding manager.
  • competent = capable of doing an adequate job
  • She is competent on both keyboard and violin.
  • competent = capable
  • If a person keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he can count on waking up some morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.
    William James
  • competent = capable
  • It was mighty dark out there, black as ink. 'd take somebody mighty used to the dark to make a competent witness...
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • Society in those days was a perfectly competent, perfectly complacent, ruthless machine.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • PLAYER (modestly) : Oh, come, come, gentlemen-no flattery-it was merely competent The TRAGEDIANS are still congratulating him.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • 'I am alive, you see, and competent.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Regardless, I suppose it was mildly competent, what you two did.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Let therefore the truth be first examined by competent Judges, or confuted by them that pretend to know the contrary.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • RICH He said, "Parliament has not the competence."
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • I thanked him, feeling surprised that Puli had not known, he who was so competent in his way.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He's supposed to be a very brave type, very competent.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Her voice was trained to a throaty purr that transmitted competent sex.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • I wondered if her competence would be enough to save her.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • It was nice to be the competent one for a change.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The honor court had selected its sternest, most competent prosecutor to try Pig's case.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • When you've recovered, we will test your competency in arms and magic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Of course her age was none of his business as long as she was competent.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Uncle Enzo is cooperating with Mr. Lee, which means working with Ng, and Ng, while highly competent, has a technological bias that Uncle Enzo distrusts.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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