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Definition of Incompetent


  1. Not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power, capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable; unable; inadequate; unfit.
  2. 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.
  3. Not lying within one's competency, capacity, or authorized power; not permissible.

Incompetent Quotations

There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.
Martin Van Buren

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
John Maynard Keynes

Like all young reporters - brilliant or hopelessly incompetent - I dreamed of the glamorous life of the foreign correspondent: prowling Vienna in a Burberry trench coat, speaking a dozen languages to dangerous women, narrowly escaping Sardinian bandits - the usual stuff that newspaper dreams are made of.
Russell Baker

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov
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Incompetent Translations

incompetent in Norwegian is uskikket, inhabil
incompetent in Spanish is incompetente
incompetent in Swedish is oduglig
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