Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications. (adjective)
Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question. (adjective)
Adequate for the purpose (adjective)
Examples of word competent
(which nobody denies actually to subsist,) and after stating, that, if juries are not reputed competent to try the whole matter, the benefit of trial by jury will be of none or imperfect effect, it enacts, not that the jury _shall_ have the _power_, but that they shall be _held and reputed in law and right competent_ to try the whole matter laid in the information.
Devaud said that a Pakistani government anti-corruption agency had posted on its Web site what he described as competent English-language translations of the original orders he had issued against Bhutto, Zardari and Schlegelmilch in 2003.
We have constant, what we call competent air patrol or CAP over New York and over Washington.
This awful expression refers to a firm's or a person's fundamental strength-even though that's not what the word "competent" means.
As I have written above, what we know as competent physical science pertains to man's relationship to the subject-matters of the domain of the abiotic and the Biosphere; Classical artistic expressions pertain to the essential relationship of the creative faculties through which human relations as such are expressed in an ironical mode comparable to that of physical scientific practice.