|—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 |
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