What does incompetent mean?

Definitions for incompetentɪnˈkɒm pɪ tənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incompetent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incompetent, incompetent person(adj)

    someone who is not competent to take effective action

  2. incompetent, unqualified(adj)

    legally not qualified or sufficient

    "a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband"; "incompetent witnesses"

  3. incompetent(adj)

    not qualified or suited for a purpose

    "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

  4. bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent(adj)

    showing lack of skill or aptitude

    "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"

  5. incompetent, unskilled(adj)

    not doing a good job

    "incompetent at chess"

  6. incapable, incompetent, unequal to(p)(adj)

    not meeting requirements

    "unequal to the demands put upon him"

GCIDE

  1. Incompetent(a.)

    (Law) Wanting the legal or constitutional qualifications; inadmissible; as, a person professedly wanting in religious belief is an incompetent witness in a court of law or equity; incompetent evidence; a mentally defective person is incompetent to care for himself and requires a legal guardian.

  2. Origin: [L. incompetens: cf. F. incomptent. See In- not, and Competent.]

Wiktionary

  1. incompetent(Noun)

    A person who is incompetent.

  2. incompetent(Adjective)

    Unskilled, lacking normally expected degree of ability, Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project like see ombudsmans report.

    Having an incompetent lawyer may be grounds for a retrial, but the lawyer in question probably doesn't know that.

  3. incompetent(Adjective)

    Unable to make rational decisions, insane or otherwise cognitively impaired.

    The charged was judged incompetent to stand trial, at least until his medication started working.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incompetent(adj)

    not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power, capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable; unable; inadequate; unfit

  2. Incompetent(adj)

    wanting the legal or constitutional qualifications; inadmissible; as, a person professedly wanting in religious belief is an incompetent witness in a court of law or equity; incompetent evidence

  3. Incompetent(adj)

    not lying within one's competency, capacity, or authorized power; not permissible

  4. Origin: [L. incompetens: cf. F. incomptent. See In- not, and Competent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incompetent

    in-kom′pe-tent, adj. wanting adequate powers: wanting the proper legal qualifications: insufficient.—ns. Incom′petence, Incom′petency.—adv. Incom′petently.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incompetent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incompetent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Isaac Asimov:

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

  2. Laurence J. Peter:

    The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.

  3. County Police Department:

    Suspect in at murder of 2 of our officers found incompetent to stand trial.

  4. Laurence J. Peter:

    Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

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