|—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 |
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.