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competent
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
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Definition
capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability
  • Farming, either in the Colonies, America, or at home—farming, at any rate, after becoming well qualified for the business by a careful apprenticeship—that was a vocation which would probably afford an independence without the sacrifice of what he valued even more than a competency—intellectual liberty.
    3 — The Rally (32% in)
  • At such times as this, apprehending the grounds of her refusal to be her modest sense of incompetence in matters social and polite, he would say that she was wonderfully well-informed and versatile—which was certainly true, her natural quickness and her admiration for him having led her to pick up his vocabulary, his accent, and fragments of his knowledge, to a surprising extent.
    4 — The Consequence (31% in)

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