[in-kom-pi-tuh ns or in-kom-pi-tuh n-see]
- the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability.
- Law. the condition of lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.
Origin of incompetence
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Examples from the Web for incompetence
And their suspicions make them see betrayal at every turn, even when incompetence may be the cause of a particular problem.
And they suggest something worse than incompetence is at work there.
That and incompetence at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital may have caused the deadly disease to spread.Rick Perry Avoided Ebola Like the Plague
October 16, 2014
Watching this incompetence is infuriating, and the view security cameras show from inside the mall is horrific.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
When it comes to the practice of democracy, Americans now have few illusions about our own incompetence, division, and negligence.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
Was discharged for incompetence, and took up honest writing.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
He dismissed her only this morning, on a trumped-up charge of incompetence.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Yet in too many of the cases the sentence of incompetence or cowardice was just.The Siege of Boston
You must become an advertiser or you must pay the penalty of incompetence.The Clock that Had no Hands
One was the incompetence of the Irish people for local government.Home Rule
Word Origin and History for incompetence
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The quality of being incompetent or incapable of performing a function, as the failure of the cardiac valves to close properly.
- The condition of being not legally qualified, as to stand trial.
- The inability to distinguish right from wrong or to manage one's affairs.
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