incompetent

[in-kom-pi-tuhnt]
adjective
1.
not competent; lacking qualification or ability; incapable: an incompetent candidate.
2.
characterized by or showing incompetence: His incompetent acting ruined the play.
3.
Law.
a.
being unable or legally unqualified to perform specified acts or to be held legally responsible for such acts.
b.
inadmissible, as evidence.
noun
4.
an incompetent person; a mentally deficient person.
5.
Law. a person lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin incompetent- (stem of incompetēns) unsuitable. See in-3, competent

incompetently, adverb


1. unqualified, inadequate, unfit. See incapable.


1. able, qualified.
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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 not legally qualified: an incompetent witness
4.  (of rock strata, folds, etc) yielding readily to pressure so as to undergo structural deformation
 
n
5.  an incompetent person
 
in'competence
 
n
 
in'competency
 
n
 
in'competently
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

incompetent
1611, "insufficient," from Fr. incompetent, from L.L. incompetentem, from in- "not" + L. competentem (see competent). Sense of "lacking qualification or ability" first recorded 1635.
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incompetent in·com·pe·tent (ĭn-kŏm'pĭ-tənt)
adj.

  1. Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.

  2. Incapable of proper functioning.

  3. Not qualified in legal terms.

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Example sentences
In such business, if an agent is unskillful or from any cause incompetent, he
  is immediately discharged.
It has been pronounced not delightful by persons not incompetent: it can never,
  by any such, be pronounced not great.
He whose thoughts run in sober channels is incompetent to declare whether or
  not the jest is a good one.
The soldiers, illiterate but sturdy peasants, were often misused by incompetent
  officers.
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