incompetent

If you are incompetent, you are not able to complete a task, like if you only ever made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — you would be incompetent in the kitchen of a fancy French restaurant.

Someone who is not very good at getting a job done is incompetent. An incompetent salesperson can't sell anything. A learned professor may be quite incompetent when it comes to controlling a room full of rowdy pre-schoolers. Legally speaking, you can be declared incompetent if you do not have necessary qualifications, like being certified or licensed to do a certain job, like cut hair or fix cars.

Definitions of incompetent
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adj not qualified or suited for a purpose

“an incompetent secret service”
“the filming was hopeless incompetent
Synonyms:
feckless, inept
generally incompetent and ineffectual
ineffective, inefficient
lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate
unworkmanlike
not characteristic of or suitable for a good workman
inefficient
not producing desired results; wasteful
unqualified
not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
unskilled
not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
Antonyms:
competent
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
capable
(usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability
able, capable
have the skills and qualifications to do things well
effective, efficient
able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
workmanlike
worthy of a good workman
efficient
being effective without wasting time or effort or expense
qualified
meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
skilled
having or showing or requiring special skill
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adj not meeting requirements

Synonyms:
incapable, unequal to
inadequate, unequal
lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

adj legally not qualified or sufficient

incompetent witnesses”
Synonyms:
unqualified
Antonyms:
competent
legally qualified or sufficient

adj showing lack of skill or aptitude

Synonyms:
bungling, clumsy, fumbling
unskilled
not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

adj not doing a good job

incompetent at chess”
Synonyms:
unskilled
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

n someone who is not competent to take effective action

Synonyms:
incompetent person
Types:
blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, butcher, fumbler, sad sack, stumbler
someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
slouch
an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions
Type of:
unskilled person
a person who lacks technical training

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