Simple Definition of incompetent
: lacking necessary ability or skills
law : not able to take part in a trial
Full Definition of incompetent
1 : not legally qualified
2 : inadequate to or unsuitable for a particular purpose
3 a : lacking the qualities needed for effective action b : unable to function properly <incompetent heart valves>
Examples of incompetent
He is too incompetent to be trusted with such an important responsibility.
The patient is mentally incompetent.
The defendant was declared incompetent to stand trial.
Origin of incompetent
Middle French incompétent, from in- + compétent competent
First Known Use: 1595
INCOMPETENT Defined for Kids
Definition of incompetent
: not able to do a good job
Medical Definition of incompetent
1: not legally qualified; especially : incapable due to a mental or physical condition
2: unable to function properly <incompetent heart valves>
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