- being unable or legally unqualified to perform specified acts or to be held legally responsible for such acts.
- inadmissible, as evidence.
- incomplete abortion,
- incomplete antibody,
- incomplete antigen,
- incomplete dominance
Origin of incompetent
Examples from the Web for incompetent
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The cops were as incompetent as they often appear to be in the Holmes stories.
Insufficient protocols or incompetent practices for and by the nurses in the hospital hot zone.
To buy that you would have to accept that Brooks was either negligent or incompetent.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to the historian John Saunders, he was a “weak, vain, incompetent and cowardly” leader.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History|Justin Marozzi|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You only want to get rid of the obnoxious and incompetent ones!
The ministry was denounced in both houses for its incompetent conduct of the war, and made a feeble defence.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Now, if we had an alphabet that was adequate and competent, instead of inadequate and incompetent, things would be different.Mark Twain's Speeches|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
From the decision of such an incompetent tribunal, thank God!Rose Clark|Fanny Fern
Wang Yang-ming defeated him, and so came into the highest favour with the incompetent emperor.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]|Wolfram Eberhard
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.