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INCOMPETENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incompetent mean? 

INCOMPETENT (noun)
  The noun INCOMPETENT has 1 sense:

1. someone who is not competent to take effective action

  Familiarity information: INCOMPETENT used as a noun is very rare.


INCOMPETENT (adjective)
  The adjective INCOMPETENT has 4 senses:

1. not qualified or suited for a purpose
2. showing lack of skill or aptitude
3. not doing a good job
4. not meeting requirements

  Familiarity information: INCOMPETENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCOMPETENT (noun)


Sense 1incompetent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is not competent to take effective action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

incompetent; incompetent person

Hypernyms ("incompetent" is a kind of...):

unskilled person (a person who lacks technical training)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "incompetent"):

blunderer; botcher; bumbler; bungler; butcher; fuckup; fumbler; sad sack; stumbler (someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence)

slouch (an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions)


INCOMPETENT (adjective)


Sense 1incompetent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not qualified or suited for a purpose

Context examples:

an incompetent secret service / the filming was hopeless incompetent

Similar:

unworkmanlike (not characteristic of or suitable for a good workman)

unqualified (lacking specific legal qualifications)

ineffective; inefficient (lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate)

incapable; unqualified (lacking the necessary skill or knowledge etc.)

feckless; inept (generally incompetent and ineffectual)

Also:

incapable ((followed by 'of') lacking capacity or ability)

inefficient (not producing desired results; wasteful)

unqualified (not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training)

unskilled (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency)

Antonym:

competent (properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient)


Sense 2incompetent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing lack of skill or aptitude

Synonyms:

bungling; fumbling; incompetent; clumsy

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unskilled (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency)


Sense 3incompetent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not doing a good job

Synonyms:

unskilled; incompetent

Context example:

incompetent at chess

Similar:

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)


Sense 4incompetent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not meeting requirements

Synonyms:

unequal to; incompetent; incapable

Context example:

unequal to the demands put upon him

Similar:

inadequate ((sometimes followed by 'to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task)


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