When Pew asked them to describe him in a word earlier this year, the second most popular answer was “incompetent.”
According to the historian John Saunders, he was a “weak, vain, incompetent and cowardly” leader.
Even if it were, it would not therefore be true that all the managers are incompetent.
For 13 miserable years, Franklin Roosevelt flinched from firing an incompetent and obnoxious White House cook.
Personally, I still find it hard to believe that the military and its intelligence services could be so incompetent.
Without this general clause, it were easy to suppose cases, wherein a particular clause might be incompetent to its own purpose.
It is a refuge for the incompetent whose one skill is in grafting.
It was, however, just like the imitation of old works we so often see from incompetent hands at the present day.
Well, had he not always been incompetent, except in the use of his muscles?
He concluded that the King was again swayed by his incompetent followers, and declined to see him.
1610s, "insufficient," from French incompétent, from Late Latin incompetentem (nominative incompetens) "insufficient," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin competentem (see competent). Sense of "lacking qualification or ability" first recorded 1630s. The noun meaning "incompetent person" is from 1866. Related: Incompetently.
incompetent in·com·pe·tent (ĭn-kŏm'pĭ-tənt)
Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
Incapable of proper functioning.
Not qualified in legal terms.