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.

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  • Competently — Com pe*tent*ly, adv. In a competent manner; adequately; suitably. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • competently — adv. Competently is used with these verbs: ↑handle, ↑perform …   Collocations dictionary

  • competently — competent ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the necessary skill or knowledge to do something successfully. 2) satisfactory or adequate, though not outstanding: she spoke quite competent French. 3) having legal authority to deal with a particular matter.… …   English terms dictionary

  • competently — adverb with competence; in a competent capable manner (Freq. 1) they worked competently • Syn: ↑aptly, ↑ably, ↑capably • Ant: ↑incompetently • Derived from ad …   Useful english dictionary

  • competently — adverb see competent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • competently — See competent. * * * …   Universalium

  • competently — adverb In a competent manner …   Wiktionary

  • competently — Synonyms and related words: ably, adeptly, adequately, adroitly, agilely, amply, aptly, artfully, artistically, brilliantly, capably, cleverly, cunningly, deftly, dexterously, dextrously, effectively, effectually, efficiently, enough, excellently …   Moby Thesaurus

  • competently — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. capably, skillfully, ably, efficiently, proficiently, expertly, dexterously, adeptly; see also effectively , well 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • competently — adv. capably, ably, proficiently, skillfully …   English contemporary dictionary

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