having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
adequate but not exceptional.
Law. (of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.) having legal competence.
Geology. (of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin competent- (stem of competēns, present participle of competere to meet, agree). See compete, -ent

competently, adverb
noncompetent, adjective
noncompetently, adverb
ultracompetent, adjective
uncompetent, adjective
uncompetently, adverb

1. fit, capable, proficient. See able. Unabridged
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competent (ˈkɒmpɪtənt)
adj (foll by to)
1.  having sufficient skill, knowledge, etc; capable
2.  suitable or sufficient for the purpose: a competent answer
3.  law (of a witness) having legal capacity; qualified to testify, etc
4.  belonging as a right; appropriate
[C14: from Latin competēns, from competere to be competent; see compete]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.Fr. competent, from L. competentem (nom. competens), prp. of competere "coincide, agree" (see compete). Legal sense is late 15c.
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competent com·pe·tent (kŏm'pĭ-tənt)

  1. Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable.

  2. Capable of performing an allotted or required function.

  3. Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.

  4. Able to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's affairs.

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Example sentences
Fortunately for the world, they are less competent, less well-trained.
It can make you more popular, even make you seem more competent.
And that is why competent people have redundant systems and methods to backup
  the function of primary systems and methods.
Even a competent high school student should have a better grasp of the science
  than the confusion which you exhibit.
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