Com"pe*tent (?; 94), a. [F. comp'etent, p. pr. of comp'eter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See Compete.]
Answering to all requirements; adequate; sufficient; suitable; capable; legally qualified; fit.
knowledge of the world." Arrerbury.
Rightfully or properly belonging; incident; -- followed by to.
[Rare, except in legal usage.]
That is the privillege of the infinite Author of things, . . . but is not competent to any finite being.
Syn. -- See Qualified.
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