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competent
used in Outliers

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Definition
capable (able to do something in a generally satisfactory manner) — sometimes specifically to have legal capability
  • An investor would take an interest in a company; he would denounce the management as incompetent and send letters to shareholders, trying to get them to give him their "proxy" so he could vote out the firm's executives.
    Chapter 5 (24% in)
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.)
  • I was still relatively incompetent even when I got to Berkeley.
    Chapter 2 (39% in)
  • 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.)
  • But what happened with Avianca was just so strange, so seemingly inexplicable, that it demanded a more complete explanation than simply that Klotz was incompetent and the captain was tired.
    Chapter 7 (55% in)
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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