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incompetent

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adjective in·com·pe·tent \(ˌ)in-ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

Simple Definition of incompetent

  • : lacking necessary ability or skills

  • law : not able to take part in a trial

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incompetent

  1. 1 :  not legally qualified

  2. 2 :  inadequate to or unsuitable for a particular purpose

  3. 3 a :  lacking the qualities needed for effective action b :  unable to function properly <incompetent heart valves>

incompetent

noun

incompetently

adverb

Examples of incompetent in a sentence

  1. He is too incompetent to be trusted with such an important responsibility.

  2. The patient is mentally incompetent.

  3. The defendant was declared incompetent to stand trial.



Origin and Etymology of incompetent

Middle French incompétent, from in- + compétent competent


First Known Use: 1595


INCOMPETENT Defined for Kids

incompetent

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adjective in·com·pe·tent \in-ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

Definition of incompetent for Students

  1. :  not able to do a good job

incompetently

adverb



Medical Dictionary

incompetent

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adjective in·com·pe·tent \(ˈ)in-ˈkäm-pət-ənt\

Medical Definition of incompetent

  1. 1:  not legally qualified; especially :  incapable due to a mental or physical condition

  2. 2:  unable to function properly <incompetent heart valves>

incompetently

adverb



Law Dictionary

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incompetent

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adjective in·com·pe·tent \in-ˈkäm-pə-tənt\

Legal Definition of incompetent

  1. 1 :  not legally qualified: as a :  lacking legal capacity (as because of age or mental deficiency) b :  incapable due to mental or physical condition — compare competent c :  lacking authority, power, or qualifications required by law <an incompetent court> <incompetent evidence>

  2. 2 :  unable or failing to perform adequately <fired for being incompetent> <an incompetent attorney> — compare ineffective assistance of counsel




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incompetent

noun in·com·pe·tent

Legal Definition of incompetent

  1. :  a person who is incompetent — compare interdict





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