Competent Com"pe*tent (k[o^]m"p[-e]*tent; 94), a. [F. comp['e]tent, p. pr. of comp['e]ter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See {Compete}.] 1. Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit. ``A competent knowledge of the world.'' --Atterbury. ``Competent age.'' --Grafton. ``Competent statesmen.'' --Palfrey. /``A competent witness.'' --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

2. Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to. [Rare, except in legal usage.] [1913 Webster]

That is the privilege of the infinite Author of things, . . . but is not competent to any finite being. --Locke.

Syn: See {Qualified}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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