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Definition 1: properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where competent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a competent typist

(competent is similar to ...) have the skills and qualifications to do things well

"able teachers" "a capable administrator" "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"

(competent is similar to ...) able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively

"people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..." "effective personnel" "an efficient secretary" "the efficient cause of the revolution"

(competent is similar to ...) worthy of a good workman

"a competent job" "the book is a workmanlike job with chronology and bibliography and index"

(means also ...) (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability

"capable of winning" "capable of hard work" "capable of walking on two feet"

(means also ...) being effective without wasting time or effort or expense

"an efficient production manager" "efficient engines save gas"

(means also ...) meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task

"many qualified applicants for the job"

(means also ...) having or showing or requiring special skill

"only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team" "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience" "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow" "a skilled trade"

Definition 2: legally qualified or sufficient - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where competent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a competent court
  • competent testimony

Definition 3: adequate, but not outstanding or exceptional - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where competent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a competent performance

(competent is similar to ...) having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

"she had adequate training" "her training was adequate" "she was adequate to the job" "he was equal to the task"

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