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Definitions for incompetent
ɪnˈkɒm pɪ təntin·com·pe·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incompetent, incompetent personadjective

    someone who is not competent to take effective action

  2. incompetent, unqualifiedadjective

    legally not qualified or sufficient

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

  3. incompetentadjective

    not qualified or suited for a purpose

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

  4. bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetentadjective

    showing lack of skill or aptitude

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

  5. incompetent, unskilledadjective

    not doing a good job

    "incompetent at chess"

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

    not meeting requirements

    "unequal to the demands put upon him"

GCIDE

  1. Incompetentadjective

    (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.

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

Wiktionary

  1. incompetentnoun

    A person who is incompetent.

  2. incompetentadjective

    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. incompetentadjective

    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. Incompetentadjective

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

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

  2. Incompetentadjective

    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

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

  3. Incompetentadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. incompetent

    Incapable; unfit; unequal. No officer, be his situation what it may, can be said to be competent to command who is not only willing and able to follow orders himself, but will likewise see them strictly adhered to by others; whose mind is not superior to partialities, and whose judgment is not equal to discern real merit from ignorant assumption.

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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

Examples of incompetent in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I think they've been really nice over the last few days. They're starting to see what's happening. I mean there's a movement going on. This is more than me. This is a movement going on, people are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can't get anything done.

  2. Donald Trump:

    People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can't get anything done.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Media rule the incompetent minds and pointless believers.

  4. Tim Miller:

    What Jeb is going to do is frame this race, as ... he is the guy that can fix the problems that face D.C. D.C. is broken, it is incompetent, it is corrupt. We need someone with a proven conservative record that voters can trust.

  5. Donald Trump:

    There are a lot of people responsible for this. This is a horrible thing. It's incompetent, it's bad management, and it really is a very bad mark on government.

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