Definitions for: Competent


[adj] adequate for the purpose; "a competent performance"
[adj] properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
Compete.]
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.

Synonyms: able, adequate, capable, effective, efficient, qualified, workmanlike

Antonyms: incompetent

See Also: skilled




Famous Quotes Containing Competent:


I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice.

-- Jack Kevorkian (American Activist)

Let us not say that we will decide on a political basis at the national level that no State is competent to regulate the practice of medicine in that State if they decide to allow a doctor to prescribe marijuana, because that is what we are talking about.

-- Barney Frank (American Politician)

In his 4 years in the White House, President Carter worked to make the Federal Government more competent and compassionate and more responsive to the American people.

-- Nathan Deal (American Politician)

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

-- Robert A. Heinlein (American Writer)

If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.

-- Jacques Derrida (French Philosopher)

We look in... Germany for a superstar. We began with 10,000 people, which applied. From these 10,000, 100 was selected. The jury is unbelievably competent.

-- Michelle Hunziker (Swiss Actress)

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he'll never be a competent teacher.

-- William Glasser (American Psychologist)

Playing acoustic and line drawings are the two things I'm most competent at.

-- Robyn Hitchcock (English Musician)

Christine and I haven't raised our children. A whole community of selfless Christians has contributed to helping them become faithful, competent adults.

-- Clayton Christensen (American Businessman)

We may seem competent, but by the end of next century there will be new deserts, new ruins.

-- Edward Bond (English Playwright)

By competent evidence, is meant such as the nature of the thing to be proved requires; and by satisfactory evidence, is meant that amount of proof, which ordinarily satisfies an unprejudiced mind, beyond any reasonable doubt.

-- Simon Greenleaf (American Judge)

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.

-- Edsger Dijkstra (Dutch Scientist)

I'm a huge Obama fan. I think it's such an unbelievably great thing to have a President who's competent and not insane.

-- Randy Cohen (American Writer)

It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.

-- Arthur Eddington (British Scientist)

We are to see the development of the country pushed forward at an unprecedented rate by an aggregation of capital, and a systematic application of it under the direction of competent men.

-- William Graham Sumner (American Businessman)

Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace.

-- Frederick W. Taylor (American Scientist)

I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.

-- Billy Joel (American Musician)

I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.

-- Billy Joel (American Musician)

Housework is the only activity at which men are allowed to be consistently inept because they are thought to be so competent at everything else.

-- Letty Cottin Pogrebin ( -)

Everything about it worked, and I don't mean just the movie, but in our experience, we realized there's also a component of luck involved in this business. We had absolutely the most competent people in the studio working on the release and ad campaign.

-- David Zucker (American Director)

Any competent actor could have done what I did.

-- Larry Hovis (American Musician)

Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court.

-- Sandra Day O'Connor (American Judge)

Physiological psychology, on the other hand, is competent to investigate the relations that hold between the processes of the physical and those of the mental life.

-- Wilhelm Wundt (German Psychologist)

But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was, how competent they were in setting up their polling places and the poll workers they had.

-- Joe Biden (American Vice President)

If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.

-- John Maynard Keynes (English Economist)

That in affairs of very considerable importance men should deal with one another with satisfaction of mind, and mutual confidence, they must receive competent assurances concerning the integrity, fidelity, and constancy each of other.

-- Isaac Barrow (English Mathematician)

Because of the nature of Moore's law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.

-- John Carmack (American Scientist)

There's Eddie's conviction and his lyrics and his ideals, and he can just rock straight out. His vocals are incredible. And we all are really competent musicians.

-- Mike McCready (American Musician)

America does not need gorgeous halls and concert rooms for its musical development, but music schools with competent teachers, and many, very many, free scholarships for talented young disciples who are unable to pay the expense of study.

-- Anton Seidl (Hungarian Celebrity)

Most of us take it for granted that the person performing our radiologic procedures is a competent professional. But the fact is, poorly trained individuals examine and treat thousands of patients in this country every day.

-- Charles W. Pickering (American Judge)

There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.

-- Thomas Babington (British Poet)

All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.

-- William Hogarth (British Artist)

If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas, ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones, where these 2 people do all the things, there is no freedom.

-- Bill Wyman (British Musician)

Told that the passing grade is a B or competence and that we will help you to get there, students do competent work. The lowest passing grade in the real world is competence. Why do schools accept so much less?

-- William Glasser (American Psychologist)

I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.

-- Benazir Bhutto (Pakistani Leader)


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