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competent

  

      adj  
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    postpositive; foll by: to   belonging as a right; appropriate  
     (C14: from Latin competens, from competere to be competent; see compete)  
  competently      adv  
  competentness      n  
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