Word Of The Week: Competent


Origin: 15th century. Late middle English,from Anglo-French and Latin.

IPA Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpɪt(ə)nt/


  1. having the capacity to function, knowledge or skill to do something successfully.
  2. Law. (of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.)having legal competence, as by meeting certain minimum requirements of age, soundness of mind,or the like.


  1. she spoke quite competent French
  2. The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.
  3. He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.

Synonyms: able, capable, equal, fit, good, qualified, suitable, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, skillful.



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