[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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Related Words for incompetencieslack, incapacity, shortcoming, inefficacy, inadequacy, weakness, inefficiency, disqualification, powerlessness, ineptitude, incompetence, failure, insufficiency, necessity, frailty, ineffectiveness, impotence, incapability, inaptitude, ineptness
Examples from the Web for incompetencies
Historical Examples of incompetencies
He gazed—not without a vague shame—into a perspective of incompetencies.From One Generation to Another
Henry Seton Merriman
By all these methods it stimulates his mind, hardens his nature, and supplies his incompetencies.
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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