Definition of incompetent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːmpɪtənt//
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not having the skill or ability to do your job or a task as it should be done an incompetent teacher his incompetent handling of the affair The Prime Minister was attacked as incompetent to lead. opposite competent Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘not legally competent’): from French, or from late Latin incompetent-, from in- ‘not’ + Latin competent- ‘being fit or proper’, from the verb competere in its earlier sense ‘be fit or proper’, from com- ‘together’ + petere ‘aim at, seek’.Extra examples I know my boss considers me incompetent. a grossly incompetent piece of reporting the medical treatment of legally incompetent patients She worked for years under an incompetent manager. They criticized his incompetent handling of the affair.
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