They view themselves as strong and competent and believe their own actions can solve their problems.
Short of some major surprises, history will likely rank Obama as a competent but hardly ground-breaking president.
They are editors, producers, writers, artists; all highly productive, competent people.
Dick Diver begins as the graceful, competent king of the Riviera and ends as a washed-up drunk, estranged from everyone he loves.
Even before a court determines whether Holmes is insane, it must decide if he is competent to stand trial.
Zillah was quite as devoted a wife and competent a housekeeper as her older sister, but not so wise and faithful a mother.
Both of them were competent to run the engine, and had served their watches in the Maud.
Indeed the ingenious home-maker often finds that the worse a thing is, the better it can be made by competent and careful study.
There were no "green hands" to be favored, for every one was competent to hand, reef, and steer.
Nevertheless his general air was of an out-of-door man, competent and skilled in the open.
late 14c., "suitable," from Old French competent "sufficient, appropriate, suitable," from Latin competentem (nominative competens), present participle of competere "coincide, agree" (see compete). Meaning "able, fit" is from 1640s. Legal sense is late 15c.
competent com·pe·tent (kŏm'pĭ-tənt)
Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable.
Capable of performing an allotted or required function.
Legally qualified or fit to perform an act.
Able to distinguish right from wrong and to manage one's affairs.