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competent

com·pe·tent

competent

 
 
pronunciation:
kam p tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable; qualified.
The test is designed to clearly show whether or not a driver is competent to drive one of these trucks.She's lucky to have found a doctor who is caring as well as competent.
 
synonyms:
able, capable, qualified
antonyms:
incapable, incompetent, inept, unequal
similar words:
adept, deft, efficient, fit, good, knowledgeable, on the ball, proficient, ready, skilled, skillful, strong
definition 2: adequate, but usu. not outstanding.
As a teacher, he was competent, but not at all inspiring.
synonyms:
acceptable, adequate, passable, sufficient
antonyms:
inadequate
similar words:
effective, enough, satisfactory, so-so, up to snuff
definition 3: in law, legally capable, qualified, or admissible.
Based on a psychological evaluation, she was judged competent to stand trial.
synonyms:
admissible, capable, qualified
antonyms:
incompetent
similar words:
able, rational, reasonable, responsible, sane, sensible, sound
derivation: competently (adv.)
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