in·com·pe·tent /(ˈ)ɪnˈkɑmpətənt/ 形容詞
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.
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: