AskDefine | Define competent

Dictionary Definition

competent adj
1 properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist" [ant: incompetent]
2 adequate for the purpose; "a competent performance"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
    He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.
  2. Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
    For any disagreements arising from this contract, the competent court shall be the Springfield Circuit Court.


  • "I believe in that myself because it has been explained by competent men as the convolutions of the grey matter." - James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922
  • "That as a competent keyless citizen he had proceeded energetically from the unknown to the known through the incertitude of the void." - James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922



Extensive Definition

Competence is the ability to perform some task. Incompetence is its opposite.
  • Competence (biology), the ability of a cell to take up DNA
  • Competence (human resources), a standardized requirement for an individual to properly perform a specific job
  • Competence (law), the mental capacity of an individual to participate in legal proceedings
  • Jurisdiction, the authority of a legal body to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility
  • Linguistic competence, the ability to speak and understand language in a grammatically correct manner
competent in Czech: Kompetence (rozcestník)
competent in German: Kompetenz
competent in Spanish: Competencia
competent in Galician: Competencia
competent in Dutch: Competentie
competent in Portuguese: Competência

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