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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·com·pe·tent /(ˌ)ɪnˈkɑmpətənt/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 in·com·pe·tent /(ˈ)ɪnˈkɑmpətənt/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·com·pe·tent a.
 1. Not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power, capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable; unable; inadequate; unfit.
    Incompetent to perform the duties of the place.   --Macaulay.
 2. Law Wanting the legal or constitutional qualifications; inadmissible; as, a person professedly wanting in religious belief is an incompetent witness in a court of law or equity; incompetent evidence; a mentally defective person is incompetent to care for himself and requires a legal guardian.
    Richard III. had a resolution, out of hatred to his brethren, to disable their issues, upon false and incompetent pretexts, the one of attainder, the other of illegitimation.   --Bacon.
 3. Not lying within one's competency, capacity, or authorized power; not permissible.
 Syn: -- Incapable; unable; inadequate; insufficient; inefficient; disqualified; unfit; improper.
 Usage: -- Incompetent, Incapable. Incompetent is a relative term, denoting a lack of the requisite qualifications for performing a given act, service, etc.; incapable is absolute in its meaning, denoting lack of power, either natural or moral. We speak of a man as incompetent to a certain task, of an incompetent judge, etc. We say of an idiot that he is incapable of learning to read; and of a man distinguished for his honor, that he is incapable of a mean action.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent
             secret service"; "the filming was hopeless
             incompetent" [ant: competent]
      2: showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman";
         "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a
         shelf" [syn: bungling, clumsy, fumbling]
      3: not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess" [syn: unskilled]
      4: not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon
         him" [syn: incapable, unequal to(p)]
      n : someone who is not competent to take effective action [syn:
          incompetent person]