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incompetent

adjective uk   /ɪnˈkɒm.pɪ.tənt/ us    /-ˈkɑːm.pə.t̬ənt/
not having the ability to do something as it should be done: an incompetent teacher/doctor He has described the government as corrupt and incompetent.
incompetently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  

incompetent

noun [C] uk   /ɪnˈkɒm.pɪ.tənt/ us    /-ˈkɑːm.pə.t̬ənt/
someone who does not have the ability or skill to do something as it should be done: The country's being governed by a bunch of incompetents.
Translations of “incompetent”
in Korean 무능한…
in Arabic عاجِز, غَير كُفء…
in French incompétent…
in Turkish yetersiz, ehliyetsiz, beceriksiz…
in Italian incompetente, incapace…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無能力的, 不勝任的…
in Russian некомпетентный, несведущий…
in Polish niekompetentny…
in Spanish incompetente…
in Portuguese incompetente, inábil, incapaz…
in German unzulänglich…
in Catalan incompetent…
in Japanese 無能な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无能力的, 不胜任的…
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