com·pe·tent [kom-pi-tuhnt] (previously 03-23-13)
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.
4. Geology. (of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.
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1. fit, capable, proficient.
Origin: Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French ) < Latin competent- (stem of competens, present participle of competere to meet, agree). See compete, -ent
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