Translation of competent in Spanish:

competent

Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːmpətənt; ˈkɒmpɪtənt/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [person] competente, capaz he's competent in his work/as an instructor es competente en su trabajo/como instructor to be competent to + infinitive/infinitivo estar* capacitado para + infinitive/infinitivo I'm not competent to judge no estoy capacitado para juzgar I feel competent to deal with the situation me siento capacitado or preparado para hacerle frente a la situación
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    • Use words that show her that she is competent, capable, and talented.
    • For example, there's an ingrained distrust in our society of highly intelligent, highly trained, highly competent persons.
    • Tang and Siew are both talented and competent persons.
    1.2 (adequate) aceptable how's her German? — quite competent ¿qué tal habla alemán? — bastante bien
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    • K - 19: The Widowmaker is a competent, satisfactory submarine movie.
    • We'd been warned about possible poor service, but actually it was competent, if not outstanding.
    • But most were at least competent, some outstanding.
    1.3 (legally qualified) [Law/Derecho] [court] competente; [witness] hábil
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    • In other words, this is a finding of fact for the competent authority dealing with the case in the first instance and which, for reasons we give hereunder, we should not interfere with.
    • I went to court because the court is the only competent authority to judge whether the allegation holds or not.
    • It is a question of fact and degree in respect of which the court will only interfere with the decision of the competent authority if its conclusion is plainly wrong.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.