competent

[ kom-pi-tuhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF competent
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPETENT

He reached out a square, competent hand, and put it over hers.

It is so difficult to keep ‘heights that the soul is competent to gain.’

Who is going to say whether an applicant is competent to pilot a balloon or airship?

The expectation of acquiring a competent fortune did not last long.

It had died down and left him competent as ever to handle the scene.

He told what he saw, or what was guarantied to him by competent witnesses.

I put in a word for Herr Feltz, because I am convinced that he is a most competent man.

Now, I should like to see it in the hands of a good and competent man.

What are the qualities by virtue of which this claim is made, and allowed by every competent judge?

In other words, the hypothetical cause is, so far, competent to produce effects similar to those of the real cause.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "suitable," from Old French competent "sufficient, appropriate, suitable," from Latin competentem (nominative competens), present participle of competere "coincide, agree" (see compete). Meaning "able, fit" is from 1640s. Legal sense is late 15c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COMPETENT

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.