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incompetent   WordNet 2.0

- someone who is not competent to take effective action

 
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- not meeting requirements
"unequal to the demands put upon him"

 
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- not qualified or suited for a purpose
"an incompetent secret service"
"the filming was hopeless incompetent"

 
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- not doing a good job
"incompetent at chess"

 
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- showing lack of skill or aptitude
"a bungling workman"
"did a clumsy job"
"his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"

 
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Incompetent   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power, capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable; unable; inadequate; unfit.

"Incompetent to perform the duties of the place." -- Macaulay.

2. (Law) Wanting the legal or constitutional qualifications; inadmissible; as, a person professedly wanting in religious belief is an incompetent witness in a court of law or equity; incompetent evidence.

"Richard III. had a resolution, out of hatred to his brethren, to disable their issues, upon false and incompetent pretexts, the one of attainder, the other of illegitimation." -- Bacon.

3. Not lying within one's competency, capacity, or authorized power; not permissible.

Syn. -- Incapable; unable; inadequate; insufficient; inefficient; disqualified; unfit; improper. -- Incompetent, Incapable. Incompetent is a relative term, denoting a want of the requisite qualifications for performing a given act, service, etc.; incapable is absolute in its meaning, denoting want of power, either natural or moral. We speak of a man as incompetent to a certain task, of an incompetent judge, etc. We say of an idiot that he is incapable of learning to read; and of a man distinguished for his honor, that he is incapable of a mean action.

 
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