a) Unskilled, lacking normally expected degree of ability.

Having an incompetent lawyer may be grounds for a retrial, but the lawyer in question probably doesnt know that.

b) Unable to make rational decisions, insane or otherwise cognitively impaired.

The charged was judged incompetent to stand trial, at least until his medication started working.

2. noun
A person who is incompetent.

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  • incompetent — in·com·pe·tent 1 /in käm pə tənt/ adj 1: not legally qualified: as a: lacking legal capacity (as because of age or mental deficiency) b: incapable due to mental or physical condition compare competent c …   Law dictionary

  • Incompetent — In*com pe*tent, a. [L. incompetens: cf. F. incomp[ e]tent. See {In } not, and {Competent}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not competent; wanting in adequate strength, power, capacity, means, qualifications, or the like; incapable; unable; inadequate; unfit.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • incompetent — (adj.) 1610s, insufficient, from Fr. incompétent, from L.L. incompetentem (nom. incompetens) insufficient, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + L. competentem (see COMPETENT (Cf. competent)). Sense of lacking qualification or ability first… …   Etymology dictionary

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