: not legally qualified
: inadequate to or unsuitable for a particular purpose
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
- 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,
First Known Use: 1595
Related to INCOMPETENT
- inapt, incapable, inept, inexpert, unable, unfit, unfitted, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful
- able, capable, competent, expert, fit, qualified, skilled, skillful, ultracompetent
in·com·pe·tent adjective \(ˈ)in-ˈkäm-pət-ənt\ (Medical Dictionary)
: not legally qualified; especially : incapable due to a mental or physical condition
: unable to function properly <incompetent heart valves>
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