Adjective "competent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully.
  1. with infinitive 'make sure the firm is competent to carry out the work'
  2. 'In fact, I've always rather thought he was a very able, competent public servant.'
  3. 'As a result, colleges of agriculture must ensure that graduates are competent in computer skills necessary for success with regard to these trends.'
  4. 'But it may be some time before they do their part to teach young people all the skills necessary to become competent, successful adults.'
  5. 'A major challenge for colleges of pharmacy is to produce competent pharmacy practitioners while minimizing student attrition.'
  6. 'Nurse practitioners have become competent lower gastrointestinal endoscopists, but only recently have they been shown to carry out upper endoscopies without any problems.'
  7. 'Hospital officials say general surgeons have to be competent to do everything - or do nothing.'
  8. 'Everyone associated with a particular piece of equipment must be familiar with it and competent to use it correctly.'
  9. 'He is competent and decent - but lacks that certain something.'
  10. 'They allow children the opportunities to learn relevant skills and feel competent about their ability to learn.'
  11. 'My next question relates to the purpose of the bill, which is written down as being to protect the public interest by aiming to ensure that veterinarians are competent to practise.'
  12. 'For example, there's an ingrained distrust in our society of highly intelligent, highly trained, highly competent persons.'
  13. 'Use words that show her that she is competent, capable, and talented.'
  14. 'The observation brought to mind the fact that we train highly competent women students for a career in IT.'
  15. 'They will say he's more competent and more accomplished.'
  16. 'Tang and Siew are both talented and competent persons.'
  17. 'These are highly professional, highly competent people.'
  18. 'she spoke quite competent French'
  19. 'The Federation is by far the most competent (another reason to play them) in terms of technology, economy and sheer size.'
  20. 'I'm interested in the fact that neither side in this argument seemed adequately competent.'
  21. 'Overall, it's a competent but not outstanding transfer from Columbia.'
  22. 'The combination of glossy production, adequate acting and competent editing was enough to make Pearl Harbor or The Mummy Returns at least tolerable.'
  23. 'So maybe Interpol will continue to mature and put out decent, enjoyable, competent albums for the rest of their career.'
  24. 'But most were at least competent, some outstanding.'
  25. 'Our information concerning Mormonism must be accurate and up-to-date, while our critique must be competent as well as fair.'
  26. 'The video and audio is about what you'd expect for an independent release - competent, but not outstanding.'
  27. 'No matter how low the taxes are considered to be here, I still don't see the point in paying them at the expense of a humane, decent, competent, consistent and affordable health care system that anyone deserves.'
  28. 'the London Stock Exchange is the competent authority under the Financial Services Act'
  29. 'Notification of charges should be prompt, preferably as soon as a competent authority first makes the charge.'
  30. 'Following his ‘conviction by a competent court’ in December 1966, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.'
  31. 'In Germany and The Netherlands, for example, the protocol can be submitted to both the competent authority and the ethics committee simultaneously.'
  32. 'My third point is that I note that the Ministry of Economic Development is New Zealand's competent authority in relation to this legislation.'
  33. 'It would be wholly absurd to regard each State Department Advisory or similar warning by a competent authority as a separate occurrence for the purposes of the deductible.'
  34. 'It would be safe and in conformity with legal and moral principles that you turn to a competent court of justice and file for a divorce.'
  35. 'The doctrine of res judicata prevents relitigation of matters that have already been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.'
  36. 'In other words, this is a finding of fact for the competent authority dealing with the case in the first instance and which, for reasons we give hereunder, we should not interfere with.'
  37. 'That being the case, it is inconceivable to me that an accused cannot raise, by way of prerogative writ, the issue of the statutory validity of service before a court of competent jurisdiction.'
  38. 'Under Article 9 the procedure of an appeal to a competent authority must precede the decision ordering expulsion except in cases of urgency.'
  39. '‘This work challenges the view that neonates are not immune competent at birth,’ said Dr Griebel.'


1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.

2. adequate but not exceptional.

3. Law. (of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.) having legal competence, as by meeting certain minimum requirements of age, soundness of mind, or the like.

4. Geology. (of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.

More examples(as adjective)

"media can be competent in things."

"people can be competent at things."

"husbands can be competent at things."

"courts can be competent in situations."

"tutors can be competent on models."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘suitable, adequate’): from Latin competent-, from the verb competere in its earlier sense ‘be fit or proper’ (see compete).