- competent com‧pe‧tent [ˈkɒmptənt ǁ ˈkɑːm-] adjective1. having enough skill, knowledge, or ability to do something to a satisfactory standard:
• The farm would have to be run by a competent manager.
• You need someone who is both competent at finance and honest.2. a piece of work or equipment that is competent is satisfactory but not particularly good:
• The graphics test showed the portable photocopier to be competent, but no more.3. LAW having the official power to make legal decisions or deal with particular legal cases:
• We are determined to ensure that those individuals appear before a competent court as speedily as possible.4. LAW old enough, well enough, or intelligent enough to make decisions, appear in a court of law, sign a legal document etc:
• He was declared competent to stand trial.
* * *competent UK US /ˈkɒmpɪtənt/ adjective► able to do something well: »
A competent sales manager should have known exactly what to do in that situation.»
Operators must be fully competent in the use of the system.»
We have highly competent consultants, with a broad range of expertise.► good enough, but not excellent: »
People who work for us need to be more than merely competent; they need to excel.► LAW able or allowed to make legal decisions: »
The prospective jurors did not indicate whether they thought the plaintiff was competent.competently /ˈkɒmpɪtəntli/ US /ˈkɑːmpəṱənt-/ adverb► »
Each candidate implies that the other cannot be trusted to run the economy competently.
Financial and business terms. 2012.