Incompetent vs Dishonest - What's the difference?

incompetent | dishonest |

As adjectives the difference between incompetent and dishonest

is that incompetent is incompetent while dishonest is not honest.




  • Unskilled, lacking normally expected degree of ability.
  • Having an incompetent lawyer may be grounds for a retrial, but the lawyer in question probably doesn't know that.
  • 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.


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    Usage notes

    The form incompetent of , as in "I am incompetent of doing anything!" is heard (US). It is incorrect, the intended word is incapable.


    (en noun)
  • A person who is incompetent.
  • dishonest



    (en adjective)
  • Not honest.
  • Interfering with honesty.
  • (obsolete) Dishonourable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars
  • * Sir T. North
  • Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women].
  • (obsolete) Dishonoured; disgraced; disfigured.
  • * Dryden
  • Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, / Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears.


    * honest