competent


competent
Duly qualified; answering all requirements; having sufficient capacity, ability or authority; possessing the requisite physical, mental, natural or legal qualifications; able; adequate; suitable; sufficient; capable; legally fit. A testator may be said to be "competent" if he or she understands
(1) the general nature and extent of his property;
(2) his relationship to the people named in the will and to any people he disinherits;
(3) what a will is; and
(4) the transaction of simple business affairs.
See also capacity
@ competent authority
As applied to courts and public officers, this term imports jurisdiction and due legal authority to deal with the particular matter in question
@ competent court
A court, either civil or criminal, having lawful jurisdiction
@ competent evidence
That which the very nature of the thing to be proven requires, as, the production of a writing where its contents are the subject of inquiry. Also, generally, admissible (i.e. relevant and material) as opposed to "incompetent" or "inadmissible" evidence. Frick v. State, Okl.Cr., 509 P.2d 135, 136.
See also competency
- relevant evidence
@ competent witness
One who is legally qualified to be heard to testify in a cause. A witness may not testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter. Fed.Evid.R. 602.
As used in statutes relating to the execution of wills, the term means a person who, at the time of making the attestation, could legally testify in court to the facts which he attests by subscribing his name to the will.
See also competency
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  • compétent — compétent, ente [ kɔ̃petɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • v. 1240 « approprié, suffisant »; lat. competens 1 ♦ (1480) Dr. Qui a droit de connaître d une matière, d une cause. ⇒ compétence. Le tribunal s est déclaré compétent pour juger cette cause. ⇒ connaître… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   Law dictionary

  • competent — com‧pe‧tent [ˈkɒmptənt ǁ ˈkɑːm ] adjective 1. having enough skill, knowledge, or ability to do something to a satisfactory standard: • The farm would have to be run by a competent manager. • You need someone who is both competent at finance and… …   Financial and business terms

  • compétent — compétent, ente (kon pé tan, tan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de droit. Qui a droit de connaître d une matière, d une cause. Le tribunal s est déclaré compétent. Le mariage doit être contracté devant l officier public compétent. •   Il est vrai qu ils… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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

  • compétent — COMPÉTENT, ENTE. adj. (On prononce Compétant.) Qui appartient, qui est dû. En ce sens, c est un terme de Pratique, et qui n est guère d usage qu en cette phrase, Portion compétente. Le père a donné à chacun de ses enfans leur portion compétente.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 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

  • competent — [käm′pətənt] adj. [ME < OFr < L competens, prp. of competere: see COMPETE] 1. well qualified; capable; fit [a competent doctor] 2. sufficient; adequate [a competent understanding of law] 3. permissible or properly belonging: with to 4. Law… …   English World dictionary

  • competent — late 14c., suitable, from O.Fr. competent sufficient, appropriate, suitable, from L. competentem (nom. competens), prp. of competere coincide, agree (see COMPETE (Cf. compete)). Meaning able, fit is from 1640s. Legal sense is late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • competent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the necessary skill or knowledge to do something successfully. 2) satisfactory or adequate, though not outstanding: she spoke quite competent French. 3) having legal authority to deal with a particular matter. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

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


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