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competent
used in Lord of the Flies

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Definition
capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability
  • He glanced at Ralph, who blurted out the last confession of incompetence.
    p. 40.5
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 Lord of the Flies.

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