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competent
used in 1984 by Orwell

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Definition
capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability
  • Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.
    p. 192.4
competent = sufficiently capable
  • Perhaps it was for corruption or incompetence.
    p. 45.6
incompetence = inability to do things sufficiently

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incompetence means not and reverses the meaning of competence. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
There are no more uses of "competent" in 1984 by Orwell.

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