His capabilities as a soldier have been generally recognized by competent authorities.
An accomplished man of letters, a competent critic of art, a linguist of rare perfection and charming in manner, but cynical and pleasureloving, he was certainly one of the chief diplomatic personages in the reign of the last of the tsars.
A French tribunal alone is competent to settle disputes where one of the parties is not a native.
No careful and competent student of his works has ever failed to correct this gross misapprehension.
His reconstruction of the True Discourse of Celsus (1753), from Origen's reply to it, is a competent and learned piece of work.