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 Dictionary entry overview: What does competent mean? 

COMPETENT (adjective)
  The adjective COMPETENT has 2 senses:

1. properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
2. adequate for the purpose

  Familiarity information: COMPETENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COMPETENT (adjective)

Sense 1competent [BACK TO TOP]


Properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

Context example:

a competent typist


able; capable (have the skills and qualifications to do things well)

effective; efficient (able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively)

qualified (legally qualified)

workmanlike (worthy of a good workman)


capable ((usually followed by 'of') having capacity or ability)

efficient (being effective without wasting time or effort or expense)

qualified (meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task)

skilled (having or showing or requiring special skill)


incompetent (not qualified or suited for a purpose)

Sense 2competent [BACK TO TOP]


Adequate for the purpose

Context example:

a competent performance


adequate ((sometimes followed by 'to') meeting the requirements especially of a task)

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