Definition of “incompetent” - English Dictionary

“incompetent” in British English

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incompetentadjective

uk /ɪnˈkɒm.pɪ.tənt/ us /ɪnˈkɑːm.pə.t̬ənt/

incompetentnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈkɒm.pɪ.tənt/ us /ɪnˈkɑːm.pə.t̬ənt/

(Definition of “incompetent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“incompetent” in American English

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incompetentadjective

us /ɪnˈkɑm·pə·t̬ənt/

lacking the skills or knowledge to do a job or perform an action correctly or to a satisfactory standard:

Cowden was incompetent and incapable of administering the duties of secretary of the association.
incompetence
noun [ U ] us /ɪnˈkɑm·pət̬·əns/

Local politicians accused the federal government of incompetence in failing to respond more quickly to the emergency.
incompetent
noun [ C ] us /ɪnˈkɑm·pə·t̬ənt/

The business failed because it was run by a bunch of incompetents.
incompetently
adverb us /ɪnˈkɑm·pə·t̬ənt·li/

(Definition of “incompetent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“incompetent” in Business English

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incompetentadjective

uk /ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt/ us

lacking the skills or knowledge to do a job or perform an action correctly or to a satisfactory standard:

Her performance was deemed grossly incompetent, so she was fired.
utterly/completely/hopelessly incompetent
Incompetent handling of the contract left us exposed for millions in unexpected insurance obligations.
incompetently
adverb

To win the case, they have to show that the Bank acted incompetently.

(Definition of “incompetent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)