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in·com·pe·tent

 (ĭn-kŏm′pĭ-tənt)
adj.
1.
a. Lacking qualities necessary for effective conduct or action: an incompetent manager.
b. Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application: "Because so many diseases fluctuate randomly over time, patients sometimes spontaneously improve despite incompetent treatment" (Richard A. Friedman).
c. Not functioning properly in the body: an incompetent heart valve.
2. Law
a. Not legally qualified, as testimony that does not meet the standards for admissibility or a juror whose personal interest in the outcome of the case does not allow him or her to serve.
b. Lacking sufficient mental ability or awareness: a defendant incompetent to stand trial.
n.
An incompetent person.

in·com′pe·tent·ly adv.

incompetent

(ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt)
adj
1. not possessing the necessary ability, skill, etc to do or carry out a task; incapable
2. marked by lack of ability, skill, etc
3. (Law) law not legally qualified: an incompetent witness.
4. (Geological Science) (of rock strata, folds, etc) yielding readily to pressure so as to undergo structural deformation
n
an incompetent person
inˈcompetence, inˈcompetency n
inˈcompetently adv

in•com•pe•tent

(ɪnˈkɒm pɪ tənt)

adj.
1. lacking qualification or ability; incapable.
2. characterized by or showing incompetence.
3. not legally qualified.
n.
4. an incompetent person, as one who is mentally deficient.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin]
in•com′pe•tent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incompetent - someone who is not competent to take effective actionincompetent - someone who is not competent to take effective action
unskilled person - a person who lacks technical training
blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, fuckup, fumbler, sad sack, stumbler, butcher - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
slouch - an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions; "he's no slouch when it comes to baseball"
Adj.1.incompetent - legally not qualified or sufficient; "a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband"; "incompetent witnesses"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
competent - legally qualified or sufficient; "a competent court"; "competent testimony"
2.incompetent - not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"
inefficient - not producing desired results; wasteful; "an inefficient campaign against drugs"; "outdated and inefficient design and methods"
unqualified - not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
competent - properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist"
3.incompetent - showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
4.incompetent - not doing a good jobincompetent - not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
5.incompetent - not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon him"
inadequate, unequal - lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"

incompetent

adjective inept, useless, incapable, unable, cowboy (informal), floundering, bungling, unfit, unfitted, ineffectual, incapacitated, inexpert, skill-less, unskilful He wants the power to sack incompetent teachers.
able, fit, capable, expert, competent, skilful, proficient

incompetent

adjective
1. Lacking capability:
2. Totally incapable of doing a job:
3. Lacking the qualities, as efficiency or skill, required to produce desired results:
Translations
غَيْرُ كُفُؤٍغَيْر كُفء، لا دِرايَةَ لَهُ
neschopnýnezpůsobilý
udueliginkompetent
epäpätevävajaavaltainen
nekompetentan
hozzáértõ: szakmailag nem hozzáértõszakmailag nem hozzáértõ
óhæfur
無能な
무능한
nekompetentingasnekompetentingumas
nekompetentsnemākulīgs
inkompetent
ไม่มีความสามารถ
thiếu khả năng

incompetent

[ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt] ADJ
1. (= inept) [person] → incompetente; [attempt] → torpe; [work] → deficiente
he's incompetentes un incompetentees incompetente
he is incompetent at his jobes incompetente en su trabajo
2. (= unqualified) Lennox was declared incompetent (Jur) → a Lennox lo declararon incapacitado
he is incompetent to lead the partyno está capacitado para dirigir el partido, es incapaz de dirigir el partido

incompetent

[ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt] adj [worker, official] → incompétent(e), incapable

incompetent

adj
person, institutionunfähig; (for sth) → untauglich; managementstümperhaft, inkompetent; piece of workstümperhaft, unzulänglich; to be incompetent in businessnicht geschäftstüchtig sein; to be incompetent to teach musicunfähig sein, Musik zu unterrichten, zum Musiklehrer untauglich sein; I was incompetent at playing the piano or an incompetent pianistich konnte nur sehr schlecht Klavier spielen
(Jur) court, authority etcunzuständig, nicht zuständig; (legally/mentally) incompetent (= not capable of contracting)geschäftsunfähig
(Med) incompetent cervixisthmozervikale Insuffizienz, Zervixinsuffizienz f
nNichtskönner(in) m(f)

incompetent

[ɪnˈkɒmpɪtnt] adj (work) → da incompetenti; (person) incompetent (at)incompetente (in fatto di)

incompetent

(inˈkompitənt) adjective
not good enough at doing a job etc. a very incompetent mechanic.
inˈcompetence noun

incompetent

غَيْرُ كُفُؤٍ neschopný uduelig unfähig ανίκανος incompetente epäpätevä incompétent nekompetentan incompetente 無能な 무능한 incompetent udugelig niekompetentny incompetente некомпетентный inkompetent ไม่มีความสามารถ yeteneksiz thiếu khả năng 不称职的

incompetent

a. incompetente, incapacitado-a.

incompetent

adj incompetente
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