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Definition capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability

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.

In classic literature, a competency can refer to having an income or assets to support living expenses.
  • She is a competent student and I have no doubt she will be a competent lawyer one day.
competent = sufficiently capable
  • Is he competent to stand trial?
  • competent = legally capable (of sound mind)
  • She is a competent; though not an outstanding manager.
  • competent = capable of doing an adequate job
  • 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 = sufficiently capable
  • She is competent on both keyboard and violin.
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • Mother was competent in providing for us.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • If true, it means that McCandless wasn't quite as reckless or incompetent as he has been made out to be.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • They believed that excuses were tools of the incompetent and forced every cadet to believe the same.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Competence was attractive.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • competence = ability
  • It was nice to be the competent one for a change.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • "Drummle," said I, "you are not competent to give advice on that subject."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • But you realize we had to get permission from someone in your immediate family. You were incompetent to agree to this yourself.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • incompetent = not legally qualified
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • The director of the CIA said Pakistan was "either involved or incompetent."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • To make him prove, not that he was competent, but that he was far better than everyone else.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • competent = sufficiently capable
  • She tries to shoot me and it's immediately evident that she's incompetent with a bow.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Many had washed out of regular soldierly life, too incompetent to perform basic duties.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • 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
  • He maneuvered the prow with competent hands.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • competent = capable
  • "Humans reek," Bob replies. "They just don't notice because they have incompetent noses."
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • incompetent = not sufficiently capable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • We were all at our funniest about Leper, and we all secretly hoped that Leper, that incompetent, was as heroic as we said.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
incompetent = not sufficiently capable
(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetent means not and reverses the meaning of competent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)

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