Definition of incompetence
: the state or fact of being incompetent
Examples of incompetence in a Sentence
Because of his incompetence, we won't make our deadline.
She was fired for gross incompetence.
Recent Examples of incompetence from the Web
Instead, say Ukrainian journalists, the case is mired in either incompetence or deliberate inaction.
Today, America was treated to yet another example of the administration’s truly remarkable incompetence when the Congressional Budget Office revealed that the White House, once again, had made an enormous, nearly trillion-dollar math error.
Media outlets who use the SPLC to assess Christian speech expose only their own bias and incompetence.
Trump may want to cripple the press to prevent it from showcasing his disastrous incompetence and viciousness.
Its 14 clinical features include: manifest contempt for others, loss of contact with reality, restless or reckless actions, and displays of incompetence.
Trump, by his incoherence and incompetence, has opened the door to the Democrats.
The argument is that providing financing props up a regime whose corruption and incompetence have ruined a nation that’s home to more untapped oil wealth than any other country on earth.
Three Mile Island, the nuclear power plant located about 10 miles from Harrisburg, Pa., has stood as a symbol of nuclear incompetence for 38 years, or since the reactor in its Unit 2 partially melted down on March 28, 1979.
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First Known Use of incompetence
INCOMPETENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incompetence for English Language Learners
: lack of the ability to do something well : the quality or state of not being competent
INCOMPETENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of incompetence for Students
: the inability to do a good job … they were frustrated by their … own incompetence. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild
Medical Definition of incompetence
1: lack of legal qualification
2: inability of an organ or part to perform its function adequately incompetence of an aortic valve
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