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Synonyms for incompetent
ɪnˈkɒm pɪ təntin·com·pe·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incompetent, incompetent personadjective

    someone who is not competent to take effective action

    incompetent person

    effective, efficient, competent, skilled, good, able, workmanlike, equal, adequate, capable

  2. incompetent, unqualifiedadjective

    legally not qualified or sufficient

    "a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband"; "incompetent witnesses"

    unqualified, unentitled, bungling, unskilled, fumbling, incapable, unequal to(p), clumsy

    equal, workmanlike, good, efficient, adequate, capable, skilled, competent, effective, able

  3. incompetentadjective

    not qualified or suited for a purpose

    "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

    bungling, incapable, fumbling, unequal to(p), unskilled, clumsy, unqualified

    able, competent, good, efficient, capable, equal, effective, adequate, workmanlike, skilled

  4. bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetentadjective

    showing lack of skill or aptitude

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

    butterfingered, handless, ill-chosen, fumbling, clumsy, heavy-handed, unqualified, awkward, cumbersome, ungainly, bunglesome, unequal to(p), unskilled, bumbling, ham-handed, unwieldy, ham-fisted, clunky, inapt, inept, bungling, incapable, gawky, left-handed

    good, capable, effective, equal, efficient, competent, able, adequate, workmanlike, skilled

  5. incompetent, unskilledadjective

    not doing a good job

    "incompetent at chess"

    inexpert, amateur, unqualified, amateurish, bungling, unskilled, fumbling, incapable, unequal to(p), clumsy

    adequate, capable, able, effective, competent, equal, skilled, good, efficient, workmanlike

  6. incapable, incompetent, unequal to(p)adjective

    not meeting requirements

    "unequal to the demands put upon him"

    skilled, good, effective, able, adequate, equal, competent, efficient, capable, workmanlike

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. incompetentadjective

    unable, incapable, not competent

  2. incompetentadjective

    insufficient, inadequate

  3. incompetentadjective

    disqualified, incapacitated, unfit, unfitted

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. incompetentadjective

    inefficient, unqualified, incapable, inadequate, unfit, unsuited

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "incompetent":

    inept, incapable, unable, unfit

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How to use incompetent in a sentence?

  1. Warren E. Burger:

    75% to 90% of American trial lawyers are incompetent, dishonest, or both.

  2. Joe Biden:

    Anyone can't get a test around the country. Granted, more tests are coming forward, but look, this needless complacency that The President has engaged in from the very beginning, the President knew about this crisis all the way back in January and February. The President's been incompetent the way in which The President responded to it.

  3. Kevin Haley:

    We of course do not want to block customers from running legitimate programs on their computers [ but ] it can be difficult to separate incompetent from attempts to deceive, it’s not untypical for these programs to find [ many ] ‘ errors ’ or ‘ issues ’ that are actually quite trivial.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

  5. Debrah Lee Charatan:

    What he doesn't want is me to get any of the trust money later on, since I'm not your wife because you were incompetent at the time, OK, that means they are the only ones who can make your decisions.

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