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incompetent

adj. 1) referring to a person who is not able to manage his/her affairs due to mental deficiency (lack of I.Q., deterioration, illness or psychosis) or sometimes physical disability. Being incompetent can be the basis for appointment of a guardian or conservator (after a hearing in which the party who may be found to be incompetent has been interviewed by a court investigator and is present and/or represented by an attorney) to handle his/her person and/or affairs (often called "estate"). 2) in criminal law, the inability to understand the nature of a trial. In these cases defendant is usually institutionalized until such time as he/she regains sanity and can be tried. 3) a generalized reference to evidence which cannot be introduced because it violates various rules against being allowed, particularly because it has no bearing on the case. It may be irrelevant (not sufficiently significant) or immaterial (does not matter to the issues). (See: incompetency, guardian, conservator, conservatee, incompetent evidence)

incompetent

adjective amateurish, awkward, bungling, clumsy, deficient, disqualified, floundering, gauche, gawky, ignorant, inadequate, incapacitated, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, inscitus, inutilis, lacking qualification, maladroit, raw, stupid, unable, unadapted, unapt, unequal, unfit, unfitted, ungainly, unhandy, uninitiated, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful, unsuitable, untrained, without adequate ability
Associated concepts: incompetence of counsel, incompetent evidence, incompetent witness
See also: deficient, deranged, disabled, helpless, inadept, inadequate, inadmissible, incapable, ineffective, ineffectual, inept, insufficient, nugatory, powerless, unable, unavailing, unfit, unqualified

incompetent

not COMPETENT.
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And that you may not suppose the incompetent teachers to be only the meaner sort of Athenians and few in number, remember again that Thucydides had two sons, Melesias and Stephanus, whom, besides giving them a good education in other things, he trained in wrestling, and they were the best wrestlers in Athens: one of them he committed to the care of Xanthias, and the other of Eudorus, who had the reputation of being the most celebrated wrestlers of that day.
were questions which Arnold was necessarily quite incompetent to solve.
Johnson, on his side, was not nearly so well pleased with the University; he found the teachers incompetent, and his pride suffered intensely from his poverty, so that he remained at Oxford little more than a year.
Both Morpheus and the bird are incompetent witnesses; and your listener dare not attack your recital.
This was quite according to rule, for the incompetent servant, by whomsoever employed, is always against his employer.
Stelling was a broad-chested, healthy man, with the bearing of a gentleman, a conviction that a growing boy required a sufficiency of beef, and a certain hearty kindness in him that made him like to see Tom looking well and enjoying his dinner; not a man of refined conscience, or with any deep sense of the infinite issues belonging to every-day duties, not quite competent to his high offices; but incompetent gentlemen must live, and without private fortune it is difficult to see how they could all live genteelly if they had nothing to do with education or government.
Though this has its attractions all it would mean is exchanging one group of incompetents in Westminster for home grown incompetents in the north.
Voters see a bunch of silver spoon incompetents mis-ruling Britain.
I thought that the committee and the union representatives exposed Kraft as a bunch of untrustworthy incompetents - what a shame that its chief executive Irene Rosenfield who masterminded the deal couldn't appear let alone have the courtesy to appear in the House of Commons.