Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun incompetent

1 sense of incompetent

Sense 1
incompetent, incompetent person -- (someone who is not competent to take effective action)
       => unskilled person -- (a person who lacks technical training)

Antonyms of adj incompetent

5 senses of incompetent

Sense 1
incompetent (vs. competent), unqualified -- (legally not qualified or sufficient; "a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband"; "incompetent witnesses")

competent (vs. incompetent) -- (legally qualified or sufficient; "a competent court"; "competent testimony")

Sense 2
incompetent (vs. competent) -- (not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent")

competent (vs. incompetent) -- (properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist")
        => able, capable -- (have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable")
        => effective, efficient -- (able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; "people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"; "an efficient secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution")
        => workmanlike -- (worthy of a good workman; "a competent job"; "the book is a workmanlike job with chronology and bibliography and index")

Sense 3
bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent -- (showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf")

INDIRECT (VIA unskilled) -> skilled -- (having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade")

Sense 4
incompetent, unskilled -- (not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess")

INDIRECT (VIA bad) -> good -- (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office")

Sense 5
incapable, incompetent, unequal to (predicate) -- (not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon him")

INDIRECT (VIA inadequate) -> adequate, equal -- (having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task")

Similarity of adj incompetent

5 senses of incompetent

Sense 1
incompetent (vs. competent), unqualified -- (legally not qualified or sufficient; "a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband"; "incompetent witnesses")

Sense 2
incompetent (vs. competent) -- (not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent")
       => feckless, inept -- (generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account")
       => ineffective, inefficient -- (lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate; "an ineffective administration"; "inefficient workers")
       => unworkmanlike -- (not characteristic of or suitable for a good workman; "an unworkmanlike result"; "an unworkmanlike tool")
          Also See-> inefficient#1; unqualified#2; unskilled#1

Sense 3
bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent -- (showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf")
       => unskilled (vs. skilled) -- (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship")

Sense 4
incompetent, unskilled -- (not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess")
       => bad (vs. good) -- (having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice")

Sense 5
incapable, incompetent, unequal to (predicate) -- (not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon him")
       => inadequate (vs. adequate), unequal -- (lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task")

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