• WordNet 3.6
    • adj competent adequate for the purpose "a competent performance"
    • adj competent properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient "a competent typist"
    • adj competent legally qualified or sufficient "a competent court","competent testimony"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined
    • Competent Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit. "A competent knowledge of the world.""Competent age.""Competent statesmen.""A competent witness."
    • Competent Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to. "That is the privilege of the infinite Author of things, . . . but is not competent to any finite being."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Vasaloppet, which is located in Sweden is the oldest, longest, and the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Every year, 14,000 people compete in the race
    • competent Answering all requirements; suitable; fit; sufficient or adequate for the purpose: as, competent supplies of food and clothing; an army competent to the defense of the kingdom.
    • competent Having ability or capacity; properly qualified: as, a competent bookkeeper.
    • competent In law, having legal capacity or qualification: as, a competent judge or court; a competent witness. In a judge or court it implies right or authority to hear and determine; in a witness it implies a legal capacity to testify. See competence, 3.
    • competent Rightfully or lawfully belonging; pertaining by right; permissible: followed by to.
    • competent Fitted, etc. See qualified.
    • n competent One of the competentes (which see).
    • competent In physical geography, of a stream, capable of transporting fragments of a given size.
    • competent In geology, having sufficient firmness and strength to transmit pressure to other strata or to lift an overlying burden, as a rock or stratum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Princess Anne from the British royal family competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics
    • adj Competent kom′pe-tent suitable: sufficient: fit: belonging: legally qualified: legitimate
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  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “Being competent means the ability to control and operate the things in the environment and the environment itself.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment (surroundings).”
  • Raymond Hull
    Raymond Hull
    “Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”
  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “These are days when no one should rely unduly on his competence. Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. compétent, p. pr. of compéter, to be in the competency of, LL. competere, to strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See Compete
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. competĕrecom, with, petĕre, to seek, to strive after.


In literature:

No voluntary association of individuals, resourceful and disinterested though they be, is competent to assume the responsibility.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
They are competing for this place.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
Twist could not compete.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
It is easy, from the stand-point of acquired practical competence, to deride a merely imaginative life.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
But whether the fact were so or otherwise, the case is equally to be provided for by a competent sovereign power.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
To be competent to exercise the right of suffrage, a person must be a freeman, or, as we sometimes say, he should be his own master.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
I'll be really competent to take care of my own children.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
His disciples, becoming Ritwiks, competent for their duties, travel over the earth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Competing with Sakuni in the play, he sustained a crushing defeat.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Now he was assured of a competence.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson

In poetry:

Why should we compete?
Who could decide betwixt two equal truths,
Two perfect faiths?
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
"In Britain ... blest with peace and competence,
Rich Fortune's favours could impart no more: ...
Heaven's blessings equal happiness dispense;
Believe my words, for I am old and poor.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometimes nude!
"The Naked And The Nude" by Robert Graves
If full of Grace, if good in kind,
In body perfect, and in mind,
The maiden be — if bless'd with sense,
With Virtue, Wisdom, Competence,—
Follow where nature leads the way,
And the divine command obey.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
Sense is not competent to tell
The strivings of the clay-bound soul;
Thoughts high as heaven and deep as hell,
Will awfully around it roll;
And words are sacrilege, that dare
Its fearful workings to declare.
"To A Deaf And Dumb Lady" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Among the hills the first he shone
Of all who buckled snow-shoe on,
For though the mountain lads were fleet,
But one bold rival dare compete,
To veer and steer, devoid of fear,
Beside this strong-limbed mountaineer.
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

North Korea's Yun Chol Om competes on the 56Kg Group B weightlifting competition at the London Games July 29.
The torpedo people compete in the frigid waters of Ocean Beach.
Brent Woodall competed in the 2007 Vancouver USA Natural Classic Bodybuilding , Fitness & Figure Championship.
In 2007, he competed in the Vancouver USA Natural Classic Bodybuilding , Fitness & Figure Championship and the Emerald City Smoothie Washington Ironman competition.
Cagle just competed in his second bodybuilding competition in April.
Jeremy Cagle of Decatur took the natural route when he decided to start competing in bodybuilding competitions several years ago.
Ernestine Shepherd, 74, competing in a bodybuilding competition.
Ernestine runs several miles a day, is a personal trainer and continues to compete as a professional bodybuilder .
Participants compete during the international bodybuilding tournament "Champions Cup" in Moscow November 3, 2012.
Now the Body Evolution Team will compete against bodybuilders from more than 20 countries.
Whether you are competing as a male bodybuilder or, Jacqueline, as a female fitness competitor, you must focus on overall symmetry.
Now that China has backed up its claim to two million square kilometers of the South China Sea with some PLA muscle, confrontation with its Southeast Asian neighbors with overlapping and competing claims is almost sure to turn ugly.
A small Fairbanks company is among the finalists competing to develop a new series of camouflage patterns for theU.
Under the $790 billion stimulus package under debate in Congress, US lithium-ion makers also could compete for $2 billion in grants to fund research and development and manufacturing.
Candidates carve out competing visions for sheriff's office.

In science:

Besides gapless superconductivity, there is another competing possibility, i.e. the mixed phase, to realize neutrality [17, 18, 19], and if the mixed phase has a lower free energy, the gapless phase would not come to realization.
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
DM Eq. (2) shows that the two competing processes of capture and annihilation may eventually reach an equilibrium situation when the time scale τA is much smaller than the age of the body.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
Then, parts with incompatible colourings will continue to compete with each other, resulting in non convergence.
Colouring random graphs and maximising local diversity
In the case of non-convergence, this method will decimate the vertex with the strongest average colouring probability over all competing solutions and thus reduce the fluctuations due to the competition.
Colouring random graphs and maximising local diversity
As a result their theory is the most advanced atomic theory and it has to compete with very sophisticated experiments.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants