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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, present participle of competere 'to be suitable'; COMPETE

competent

adjective
     
com‧pe‧tent
1 having enough skill or knowledge to do something to a satisfactory standard [≠ incompetent]:
A competent mechanic should be able to fix the problem.
very/highly/extremely competent
She's a highly competent linguist.
competent to do something
I don't feel competent to give an opinion at the moment.
He is the only party leader competent enough to govern this country.
2 satisfactory but not especially good:
The workmen did a competent job.
3 technical having normal mental abilities:
We believe the patient was not mentally competent.
A psychiatrist said McKibben was competent to stand trial.
4 [not before noun] lawSCL having the legal power to deal with something in a court of law
competent to do something
This court is not competent to hear your case.
competently adverb
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