Short of some major surprises, history will likely rank Obama as a competent but hardly ground-breaking president.
The quilts in the QSOS Obama project range from serious to humorous in theme and from competent to virtuosic in execution.
Dick Diver begins as the graceful, competent king of the Riviera and ends as a washed-up drunk, estranged from everyone he loves.
But of course it's not true, and neither the Security Council nor any other competent international body believes this nonsense.
This was a mulligan, not the work of a competent White House.
Zillah was quite as devoted a wife and competent a housekeeper as her older sister, but not so wise and faithful a mother.
It is so difficult to keep ‘heights that the soul is competent to gain.’
Indeed the ingenious home-maker often finds that the worse a thing is, the better it can be made by competent and careful study.
Who is going to say whether an applicant is competent to pilot a balloon or airship?
Nevertheless his general air was of an out-of-door man, competent and skilled in the open.
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.
competent com·pe·tent (kŏm'pĭ-tənt)
Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable.
Capable of performing an allotted or required function.
Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
Able to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's affairs.