incompetent

(redirected from incompetents)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to incompetents: call on, try out, readied

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
And unlike the Criminally Incompetent, heroic PMs know what they are about--providing this country with the technical means necessary to ensure the interests of liberty and democracy around the world.
The move was one of a number of changes called for by the General Teaching Council as part of their plans to crack down on incompetent teachers and raise standards in Scottish classrooms.
A 1993 survey of Chicago Teachers Union delegates shows that teachers understand the injury caused by incompetent colleagues as well as anyone.
Bridges and his associates at Stanford conducted three research studies to determine how California districts identify and respond to incompetent teachers.
Les Incompetents have had their singles played on national radio and supported Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles.
I would be laughing if it wasn't so tragic, but the incompetents in Sacramento just frittered away $130 million that would have benefited the cash cow taxpayer.
Otherwise, we will be ruled by incompetents like these.
Grand is an out-of-control candy store where world-class incompetents throw money around like it's their private stash, commit criminal acts and lie on a daily basis to an outraged public who knows only what the Daily News and other media can dig up from well-hidden records.