incompetence

[in-kom-pi-tuhns]
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability.
2.
Law. the condition of lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.
Also, incompetency.


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

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incompetent (ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt)
 
adj
1.  not possessing the necessary ability, skill, etc to do or carry out a task; incapable
2.  marked by lack of ability, skill, etc
3.  law not legally qualified: an incompetent witness
4.  (of rock strata, folds, etc) yielding readily to pressure so as to undergo structural deformation
 
n
5.  an incompetent person
 
in'competence
 
n
 
in'competency
 
n
 
in'competently
 
adv

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incompetence in·com·pe·tence (ĭn-kŏm'pĭ-təns) or in·com·pe·ten·cy (-tən-sē)
n.

  1. The quality of being incompetent or incapable of performing a function, as the failure of the cardiac valves to close properly.

  2. The condition of being not legally qualified, as to stand trial.

  3. The inability to distinguish right from wrong or to manage one's affairs.

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Example sentences
There will be more, given our increasing ability to keep people alive long past the point of mental incompetence.
Stein criticized hospitals and doctors for failing to report doctors suspected
  of incompetence or malpractice.
Don't attribute anything to malevolence that can be explained by simple
  incompetence.
The administration's difficulties with various nominees have created an
  unfortunate impression of incompetence.
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