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Meaning of INCOMPETENT

Pronunciation:  in'kâmpitunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  someone who is not competent to take effective action
  2. [adj]  not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon him"
  3. [adj]  not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"
  4. [adj]  not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess"
  5. [adj]  showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
 

INCOMPETENT is a 11 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: bad, bungling, clumsy, feckless, fumbling, inadequate, incapable, incompetent person, ineffective, inefficient, inept, unequal to(p), unqualified, unworkmanlike
 
 Antonyms: competent
 
 See Also: blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, butcher, fuckup, fumbler, sad sack, slouch, stumbler, unskilled, unskilled person

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In*com"pe*tent\, a. [L. incompetens: cf. F.
incomp['e]tent. See {In-} not, and {Competent}.]
1. Not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power,
   capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable;
   unable; inadequate; unfit.

         Incompetent to perform the duties of the place.
                                               --Macaulay.

2. (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.

         Richard III. had a resolution, out of hatred to his
         brethren, to disable their issues, upon false and
         incompetent pretexts, the one of attainder, the
         other of illegitimation.              --Bacon.

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

Syn: Incapable; unable; inadequate; insufficient;
     inefficient; disqualified; unfit; improper.

Usage: {Incompetent}, {Incapable}. Incompetent is a relative
       term, denoting a want of the requisite qualifications
       for performing a given act, service, etc.; incapable
       is absolute in its meaning, denoting want of power,
       either natural or moral. We speak of a man as
       incompetent to a certain task, of an incompetent
       judge, etc. We say of an idiot that he is incapable of
       learning to read; and of a man distinguished for his
       honor, that he is incapable of a mean action.

 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: One who lacks ability, legal qualification, or fitness to manage his own affairs.
 
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