Origin: 15th century. Late middle English,from Anglo-French and Latin.
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpɪt(ə)nt/
- having the capacity to function, knowledge or skill to do something successfully.
- she spoke quite competent French
- The defendant was declared competent to stand trial.
Synonyms: able, capable, equal, fit, good, qualified, suitable, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, skillful.