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incompetent

Legally not able to make decisions, enter into contracts, or execute wills.This may be a result of a permanent mental impairment, as when one is declared non compos mentis or incompetent, or it may be for temporary reasons, such as a minor child's inability to make binding contracts.

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Like other types of medicine, complementary medicine can be directly harmful through adverse effects of a herbal drug, or indirectly harmful, through being applied incompetently.
For 18 years she brought you up cruelly and incompetently, and when you finally escaped her clutches there was every reason to resent her malign influence bitterly.
There would be a significant police presence, access to the area around the grounds would be restricted to ticket holders only and tickets would be ruthlessly and incompetently controlled.
At the hearing on the issue of whether he had represented Del Muro incompetently, the lawyer had ``a strong disincentive to engage in vigorous argument and examination, or to communicate candidly with his client,'' the court said.
The Public Defender's Office had joined in the request, saying it acted incompetently in failing to recognize the current claims at an earlier stage of the case.
The injury excuse is beginning to wear very thin, perhaps even among some of the supporters as they watch a team packed full of internationals performing incompetently, as was the case against both the Dundee sides last week.
It now emerges that a decision to cut British Waterways funding by pounds 5 million stems from EU fines levied on Defra for incompetently failing to make subsidy payments to farmers on time.
Ed) how our over-centralised and incompetently managed health service will never deliver what we want, no matter how much money is pumped into it.
It may be too late to replace the team that have handled this whole sorry affair so incompetently from day one.
But because of the court's restrictions on repeated appeals, defense lawyers must persuade the court they have acted incompetently before their arguments will even be considered.
Mr Rowley said he was not suggesting Mr Byers acted merely foolishly, incompetently or neglegently.
He lost in exactly the same way he fought - incompetently.