What is another word for incompetent?

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. Gretchen Whitmer:

    If he didn't( know), he's incompetent.

  2. Minxin Pei:

    Now things are getting better and he wants to show that his leadership has been a success, the messaging is that we should see the Wests response as bumbling and incompetent.

  3. State John Kerry:

    We have to acknowledge in all quarters of leadership that the plagues of violent extremism, greed, lust for power and sectarian exploitation often find their nourishment where governments are fragile and leaders are incompetent or dishonest.

  4. Donald Trump:

    There are a lot of people responsible for this. This is a horrible thing. It's incompetent, it's bad management, and it really is a very bad mark on government.

  5. The VA spokesman:

    The VA spokesman reports a veteran to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System if he or she is adjudicated as incompetent by the Veterans Benefits Administration for purposes of managing his or her monetary benefits.

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