incompetent Definition

  • 1not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully
  • 2not qualified or suitable for a particular purpose

Using incompetent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "incompetent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company was forced to close due to incompetent management.

  • Example

    The lawyer was accused of providing incompetent legal advice.

  • Example

    The surgeon was found to be incompetent after several botched surgeries.

  • Example

    The teacher was fired for being an incompetent educator.

incompetent Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with incompetent

  • extremely lacking in skill or ability


    The contractor's work was grossly incompetent, and we had to hire someone else to fix it.

  • not having the mental capacity to make decisions or take care of oneself


    The court declared him mentally incompetent and appointed a guardian to manage his affairs.

  • not having the mental capacity to understand the charges against oneself or participate in one's own defense


    The defendant was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was sent to a mental institution for treatment.


Summary: incompetent in Brief

The term 'incompetent' [ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt] describes someone who lacks the necessary skills or qualifications to perform a task successfully. It can refer to anything from a poorly managed company to a surgeon who has made mistakes. The phrase 'grossly incompetent' emphasizes the severity of the lack of skill, while 'mentally incompetent' refers to a lack of mental capacity. 'Incompetent to stand trial' means that someone is not able to understand the charges against them or participate in their own defense.

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