- 1Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully: a forgetful and utterly incompetent assistantMore example sentences
inept, unskillful, unskilled, inexpert, amateurish, unprofessional, bungling, blundering, clumsy, inadequate, substandard, inferior, ineffective, deficient, inefficient, ineffectual, wanting, lacking, leaving much to be desired; incapable, unfit, unqualified• informal useless, pathetic, ham-fisted, not up to it, not up to scratch, bush-league
- This crew appears to be so power-hungry, and so incompetent in carrying out their radical programs, that only disaster will result if they gain a second term.
- Not necessarily incompetent, they are opportunists who seize the chance to make lots of money for doing relatively little work.
- The point is not to say that planners are necessary corrupt or incompetent; but simply that they cannot fail to see things from the point of view of how they, personally, may be affected by their own decisions.
- 1.1 Law Not qualified to act in a particular capacity: the patient is deemed legally incompetentMore example sentences
- I am horrified that thousands of pounds of taxpayer's money is being spent employing solicitors and barristers who are incompetent.
- If that proves to be the case, input from psychologists will become even more important in determining how the law treats defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial.
- The head of state must be a Muslim, and non-Muslims are incompetent to testify against Muslims.
- 1.2 Medicine (Especially of a valve or sphincter) not able to perform its function.More example sentences
- When a valve is incompetent, the heart has to work harder to pump the required amount of blood around the body.
- Occurs when incompetent valves cause blood to pool in the legs.
- Barium contrast studies and colonoscopy may show ulcers, strictures, a deformed cecum, incompetent ileocecal valve, or fistulas.
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- An incompetent person.More example sentences
- After reading an article in a daily newspaper this week I am left to conclude that our elected leaders are a bunch of fools, incompetents and idiots (take your pick as to who falls into which category).
- At best they have been portrayed as bungling incompetents.
- But exemplary and dedicated teachers surrounded by incompetents will soon grow demoralized, and effective teachers will shun under-performing schools.
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- A movie may be incompetently acted and amateurishly shot.
- People said it was a waste of money, that it was too extravagant for its own good, and that the construction project was incompetently managed.
- The money would be better spent on treating women rather than regulating a single aspect of medicine so incompetently.
late 16th century (in the sense 'not legally competent'): from French, or from late Latin incompetent-, from in- 'not' + Latin competent- 'being fit or proper' (see competent).