Capable vs. Competent

By Jaxson

  • Capable (adjective)

    Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.

    “She is capable and efficient.”

    “He does not need help; he is capable of eating on his own.”

    “As everyone knew, he was capable of violence when roused.”

    “That fact is not capable of proof.”

  • Capable (adjective)

    Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in; accessible to. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.

  • Competent (adjective)

    Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.

    “He is a competent skier and an expert snowboarder.”

  • Competent (adjective)

    Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.

    “For any disagreements arising from this contract, the competent court shall be the Springfield Circuit Court.”

    “judicial authority having competent jurisdiction”

  • Competent (adjective)

    Adequate for the purpose

  • Competent (adjective)

    permeable to foreign DNA


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