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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INCOMPETENT

If she was incompetent I wasn't bound to keep her just because she'd had a baby.

He knew how Washington and incompetent officers had blundered and lied to them.

He was drawn this way and that, struggling with a brain that he knew to be incompetent.

In fact, he felt like a jelly fish save that he was twice as incompetent.

He was unsystematic in his habits, and incompetent in money matters.

There were young children to be reared, and an incompetent mother to do it.

She was doing some war work herself in an incompetent, frenzied sort of way.

Therefore he must be ignorant, indifferent, and incompetent.

They are just incompetent; they lack the abilities necessary for overt villainy.

There are those 169hopelessly incompetent who should never be allowed to have children.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "insufficient," from French incompétent, from Late Latin incompetentem (nominative incompetens) "insufficient," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin competentem (see competent). Sense of "lacking qualification or ability" first recorded 1630s. The noun meaning "incompetent person" is from 1866. Related: Incompetently.

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