Hypertext Webster Gateway: "competent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Competent \Com"pe*tent\ (?; 94), a. [F. comp['e]tent, p. pr. of
comp['e]ter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to
strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See
1. Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient;
suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit. ``A competent
knowledge of the world.'' --Atterbury. ``Competent age.''
--Grafton. ``Competent statesmen.'' --Palfrey. /``A
competent witness.'' --Bouvier.

2. Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by
to. [Rare, except in legal usage.]

That is the privilege of the infinite Author of
things, . . . but is not competent to any finite
being. --Locke.

Syn: See {Qualified}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient;
"a competent typist" [ant: {incompetent}]
2: adequate for the purpose; "a competent performance"

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