Synonyms for competentˈkɒm pɪ tənt
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
adequate for the purpose
legally qualified or sufficient
competent(adjective)Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
competent(adjective)Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
competent(adjective)Adequate for the purpose
English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald
Adequate, commensurate, and sufficient signify equal to some given occasion or work; as, a sum sufficient to meet expenses; an adequate remedy for the disease. Commensurate is the more precise and learned word, signifying that which exactly measures the matter in question. Adapted, fit, suitable, and qualified refer to the qualities which match or suit the occasion. A clergyman may have strength adequate to the work of a porter; but that would not be a fit or suitable occupation for him. Work is satisfactory if it satisfies those for whom it is done, though it may be very poor work judged by some higher standard. Qualified refers to acquired abilities; competent to both natural and acquired; a qualified teacher may be no longer competent, by reason of ill health. Able and capable suggest general ability and reserved power, able being the higher word of the two. An able man will do something well in any position. A capable man will come up to any ordinary demand. We say an able orator, a capable accountant.
Adequate to the demand; for the purpose.
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