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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lacking necessary knowledge or skills.
The parents claimed that the teacher was incompetent and shouldn't be teaching.He was afraid that he would look incompetent if he tried out for the team.
able, adept, capable, competent, expert, proficient, virtuoso
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amateur, hopeless, inept
definition 2: not legally able or qualified.
The man was found incompetent to stand trial.
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adverb + (adj.)incompetent allegedly, basically, completely, dangerously, either, from, grossly, hopelessly, legally, mentally, politically, similarly, socially, technically, thoroughly, totally, unbelievably
(adj.)incompetent + adverb merely
(adj.)incompetent + noun administrator, adviser, assassin, assistant, boob, bureaucracy, commander, contractor, counsel, criminal, crony, decision, doctor, employee, faculty, fool, idiot, lawyer, leadership, liar, officer, patient, peer, physician, policing, politician, principal, prosecution, representation, ruler, servant, teacher, trial, welfare, wish [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone who is incompetent.
definition 2: someone who cannot legally be held responsible for his or her actions.
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adjective + (n.)incompetent authoritarian, drunken, enthusiastic, galling, inefficient, infantile, intolerant, political, unneeded, untrained
verb + (n.)incompetent allow, bumble, jettison, man, protect, represent, snag, sterilize, weed
noun + (n.)incompetent Help administration, appointee, bunch, charlatan, crook, drunk, dumping, gossip, hack, leader, right, staff, tempo
derivation: incompetently (adv.)
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in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.