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Definition 1: someone who is not competent to take effective action - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for incompetent in the sense of this definition

(incompetent is a kind of ...) a person who lacks technical training

(... is a kind of incompetent ) someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

(... is a kind of incompetent ) an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions

"he's no slouch when it comes to baseball"

Definition 2: not qualified or suited for a purpose - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where incompetent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an incompetent secret service
  • the filming was hopeless incompetent

(incompetent is similar to ...) generally incompetent and ineffectual

"feckless attempts to repair the plumbing" "inept handling of the account"

(incompetent is similar to ...) lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate

"an ineffective administration" "inefficient workers"

(incompetent is similar to ...) not characteristic of or suitable for a good workman

"an unworkmanlike result" "an unworkmanlike tool"

(means also ...) not producing desired results; wasteful

"an inefficient campaign against drugs" "outdated and inefficient design and methods"

(means also ...) not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training

(means also ...) not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

"unskilled in the art of rhetoric" "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber" "unskilled labor" "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities" "unskilled workmanship"

Definition 3: legally not qualified or sufficient - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where incompetent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband
  • incompetent witnesses

Synonyms for incompetent in the sense of this definition

(incompetent belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: not doing a good job - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incompetent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • incompetent at chess

Synonyms for incompetent in the sense of this definition

(incompetent is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 5: not meeting requirements - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incompetent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unequal to the demands put upon him

Synonyms for incompetent in the sense of this definition

(incompetent is similar to ...) lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

"inadequate training" "the staff was inadequate" "she was unequal to the task"

Definition 6: showing lack of skill or aptitude - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incompetent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bungling workman
  • did a clumsy job
  • his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf

Synonyms for incompetent in the sense of this definition

(incompetent is similar to ...) not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

"unskilled in the art of rhetoric" "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber" "unskilled labor" "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities" "unskilled workmanship"

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