incompetence

or in·com·pe·ten·cy

[ in-kom-pi-tuh ns or in-kom-pi-tuh n-see ]
/ ɪnˈkɒm pɪ təns or ɪnˈkɒm pɪ tən si /

noun

the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability.
Law. the condition of lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.

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Origin of incompetence

1655–65; variant (with -ence for -ency) of earlier incompetency. See incompetent, -cy
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Medical definitions for incompetency

incompetence
[ ĭn-kŏmpĭ-təns ]

n.

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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