incompetent

[ in-kom-pi-tuhnt ]
/ ɪnˈkɒm pɪ tənt /

adjective

not competent; lacking qualification or ability; incapable: an incompetent candidate.
characterized by or showing incompetence: His incompetent acting ruined the play.
Law.
  1. being unable or legally unqualified to perform specified acts or to be held legally responsible for such acts.
  2. inadmissible, as evidence.

noun

an incompetent person; a mentally deficient person.
Law. a person lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.

Nearby words

  1. incomparably,
  2. incompatibility,
  3. incompatible,
  4. incompetence,
  5. incompetency,
  6. incomplete,
  7. incomplete abortion,
  8. incomplete antibody,
  9. incomplete antigen,
  10. incomplete dominance

Origin of incompetent

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

Related formsin·com·pe·tent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for incompetently

incompetent

/ (ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt) /

adjective

not possessing the necessary ability, skill, etc to do or carry out a task; incapable
marked by lack of ability, skill, etc
law not legally qualifiedan incompetent witness
(of rock strata, folds, etc) yielding readily to pressure so as to undergo structural deformation

noun

an incompetent person
Derived Formsincompetence or incompetency, nounincompetently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for incompetently

incompetent

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for incompetently

incompetent

[ ĭn-kŏmpĭ-tənt ]

adj.

Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
Incapable of proper functioning.
Not qualified in legal terms.

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