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Definition of "incompetent" []

  • Not qualified in legal terms: a defendant who was incompetent to stand trial. (adjective)
  • Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application. (adjective)
  • Devoid of those qualities requisite for effective conduct or action. (adjective)
  • An incompetent person. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "incompetent" in a sentence
  • "SOHIL: (Foreign language spoken) LAWRENCE: Sohil, a 26-year-old student, says the rally is to condemn the American killing of civilians, as well as the U.S. support for what he calls the incompetent government of President Karzai."
  • "This is in China, where they're having a problem with what they call incompetent drivers."
  • "AZASM vice-president Donald Mankga said his organisation was identifying schools employing what it termed incompetent white teachers, and said these teachers would be removed."