[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 incompetency
For all the grandeur of their names they rivalled one another in incompetency and timidity.Bulgaria
"Incompetency, if you want the brutal truth," Dudley broke in not unkindly.The La Chance Mine Mystery
Susan Carleton Jones
Davis' incompetency is more apparent as our danger increases.
General Toombs frequently referred to the incompetency of Mr. Davis.
Furthermore, I said I would not stand for the discharge of any man for incompetency.An Anarchist Woman
Word Origin and History for incompetency
1610s; see 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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