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adjective     competent pronunciation in British English
/ˈkɒmpɪtənt/
  1. 1
    capable of doing something in a satisfactory or effective way

    a competent worker

    competent to do something:

    Is he really competent to run the switchboard?

    competent at:

    She is very competent at communicating.

  2. 2
    good enough for the purpose but not especially good

    a competent piece of work

  3. 3
    legal allowed to have a case judged in court

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