competent
com·pe·tent /'käm-pə-tənt/ adj
1: having or showing requisite or adequate ability or qualities
a competent lawyer
competent representation by counsel
2 a: free from addiction or mental defect that renders one incapable of taking care of oneself or one's property
b: capable of understanding one's position as a criminal defendant and the nature of the criminal proceedings and able to participate in one's defense compare capacity, incompetent, insanity
3: legally qualified or adequate: as
a: having the necessary power or authority
a judge of competent jurisdictionU.S. Code
b: qualified for presentation in court: admissible as evidence or capable of giving admissible evidence
a competent witness
a competent waiver

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

competent
I adjective able, accomplished, adept, adequate, adroit, artful, capable, competere, conversant, credible, deft, dexterous, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, enterprising, excellent, experienced, expert, fit, good, ingenious, learned, masterful, masterly, mentally capable, practiced, prepared, proficient, properly qualified, qualified, ready, resourceful, responsible, satisfactory, skilled, skillful, sufficient, suitable, trained, versed, well-fitted associated concepts: capax negotii, competent and intelligent waiver of counsel, competent authority, competent court, competent evidence, competent jurisdiction, competent witness, legally competent, mentally competent II index adequate, capable, deft, effective (efficient), efficient, expert, familiar (informed), fit, operative, practiced, professional (trained), proficient, reliable, resourceful, sane, sciential

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


competent
adj.
Able; capable; having the ability to do something; capable of understanding.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


competent
1) Able to act in the circumstances, including the ability to perform a job or occupation, or to reason or make decisions.
2) In wills, trusts, and contracts, sufficiently mentally able to understand and execute a document.
3) In criminal law, sufficiently mentally able to stand trial or testify.
4) In evidence, relevant and legally admissible.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Financial Powers of Attorney
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Wills & Medical Powers of Attorney
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


competent
1 Possessing sufficient mental ability to understand an issue, problem, or situation; to make a reasonable decision concerning it; and to understand and appreciate the potential consequences of the decision.
2 Possessing the legal authority, jurisdiction, qualification, or legally required mental ability to perform a task.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


competent
Possessing the necessary reasoning abilities or legal qualifications; qualified; capable; sufficient.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


competent
Possessing the necessary reasoning abilities or legal qualifications; qualified; capable; sufficient.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

competent
adj.
   1) in general, able to act in the circumstances, including the ability to perform a job or occupation, or to reason or make decisions.
   2) in wills, trusts and contracts, sufficiently mentally able to understand and execute a document. To be competent to make a will a person must understand what a will is, what he/she owns (although forgetting a few items among many does not show incompetency), and who are relatives who would normally inherit ("the natural objects of his/her bounty") such as children and spouse (although forgetting a child in a will is not automatic proof of lack of competency, since it may be intentional or the child has been long gone).
   3) in criminal law, sufficiently mentally able to stand trial, if he/she understands the proceedings and can rationally deal with his/her lawyer. This is often broadly interpreted by psychiatrists whose testimony may persuade a court that a party is too psychotic to be tried. If the court finds incompetency then the defendant may be sent to a state mental facility until such time as he/she regains sanity. At that time a trial may be held, but this is rare.
   4) in evidence, "competent" means "relevant" and/or "material." Lawyers often make the objection to evidence: "incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial" to cover all bases.
   See also: evidence, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • competent — COMPETÉNT, Ă, competenţi, te, adj. 1. Care este bine informat într un anumit domeniu; care este capabil, care este în măsură să judece un anumit lucru. 2. Care are atribuţia, căderea, autoritatea legală să facă ceva; îndreptăţit. [var.: (înv.)… …   Dicționar Român

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  • Competent — Com pe*tent (k[o^]m p[ e]*tent; 94), a. [F. comp[ e]tent, p. pr. of comp[ e]ter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See {Compete}.] 1. Answering to all requirements; adequate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Compĕtent — (v. lat.), 1) schicklich, zulässig, befugt, rechtmäßig; 2) Mitbewerber …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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