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incompetent

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

: 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>
incompetent noun
in·com·pe·tent·ly adverb

Examples of INCOMPETENT

  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 of INCOMPETENT

Middle French incompétent, from in- + compétent competent
First Known Use: 1595

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INCOMPETENT Defined for Kids

incompetent

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

Definition of INCOMPETENT for Kids

:  not able to do a good job
in·com·pe·tent·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

incompetent

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

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>
in·com·pe·tent·ly adverb

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