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



BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːmpɪtənt//
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a person who does not have the skill or ability to do their job or a task as it should be done He’s a hopeless incompetent. The whole thing is being led by a bunch of incompetents. 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’.
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