The Republican Party was long known as the party that competently managed government.
He knew the crash was coming, and when it came, he was able to talk about it competently—unlike John McCain.
Had he been competently represented, the jury might well have failed to concur on a death sentence.
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.