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Synonyms for competent
ˈkɒm pɪ tənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. competent(adj)

    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

    "a competent typist"

    Antonyms:
    unworkmanlike, feckless, incompetent, inadequate, ineffective, inept, inefficient, unequal, unqualified

  2. competent(adj)

    adequate for the purpose

    "a competent performance"

    Antonyms:
    ineffective, incompetent, unequal, inefficient, inadequate, inept, feckless, unqualified, unworkmanlike

  3. competent(adj)

    legally qualified or sufficient

    "a competent court"; "competent testimony"

    Antonyms:
    ineffective, inefficient, unequal, incompetent, inadequate, unworkmanlike, inept, unqualified, feckless

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. competent

    Adequate, commensurate, and sufficient signify equal to some given occasion or work; as, a sum sufficient to meet expenses; an adequate remedy for the disease. Commensurate is the more precise and learned word, signifying that which exactly measures the matter in question. Adapted, fit, suitable, and qualified refer to the qualities which match or suit the occasion. A clergyman may have strength adequate to the work of a porter; but that would not be a fit or suitable occupation for him. Work is satisfactory if it satisfies those for whom it is done, though it may be very poor work judged by some higher standard. Qualified refers to acquired abilities; competent to both natural and acquired; a qualified teacher may be no longer competent, by reason of ill health. Able and capable suggest general ability and reserved power, able being the higher word of the two. An able man will do something well in any position. A capable man will come up to any ordinary demand. We say an able orator, a capable accountant.

    Synonyms:
    able, adapted, adequate, capable, commensurate, equal, fit, fitted, fitting, qualified, satisfactory, sufficient, suitable

    Antonyms:
    disqualified, inadequate, incompetent, inferior, insufficient, poor, unequal, unfit, unqualified, unsatisfactory, unsuitable, useless, worthless

    Preposition:
    Adequate to the demand; for the purpose.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. competent(a.)

    Synonyms:
    able, capable, qualified, endowed

  2. competent(a.)

    Synonyms:
    adequate, adapted, convenient, sufficient, suitable, fit

  3. competent(a.)

    Synonyms:
    incident, belonging

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. competent(a)

    Synonyms:
    qualified, capable, efficient, proficient, able

    Antonyms:
    incompetent

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How to use competent in a sentence?

  1. Evan Ellis:

    Maduro himself has little power; his survival reflects that those in his military and government with the power to act, are sufficiently implicated in years of the corruption of the Chavista system, for the moment, they fear the fallout from seeking to replace him by a democratic government – or a more competent authoritarian one – more than they fear the consequences of his bad policies.

  2. Lynn DeSanti:

    We've had two doctors that have evaluated her and, in their opinion, she is not competent to proceed, meaning that her mental health is so fragile that she can't go forward with the charges right now, it was disturbing, to say the least.

  3. Frederick W. Taylor:

    Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace.

  4. James Comey:

    Here’s my reaction. And the reason I smile a little bit is anybody who’s actually done investigations knows that if you’ve been investigating something for almost a year and you don’t have a general sense of where it’s likely to end up, you should be fired because you’re incompetent, but after nine or ten months of investigating, it looked like on the current course and speed, this is going to end without charges. And so what will we do? Smart people, competent people plan ahead. If you’re going to charge you, you plan ahead. If you’re not going to charge, you plan ahead.

  5. Thea Fischer:

    But it is important to remember that the success of this mission and origin-tracing is 100% depending on access to the relevant sources. No matter how competent we are, how hard we work and how many stones we try to turn, this can only be possible with the support from China.

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