incompetence

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noun in·com·pe·tence \(ˌ)in-ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s\

Definition of incompetence

  1. :  the state or fact of being incompetent

Examples of incompetence in a sentence

  1. Because of his incompetence, we won't make our deadline.

  2. She was fired for gross incompetence.

1663

First Known Use of incompetence

1663


INCOMPETENCE Defined for English Language Learners

incompetence

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noun in·com·pe·tence \(ˌ)in-ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s\

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

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noun in·com·pe·tence \in-ˈkäm-pə-təns\

Definition of incompetence for Students

  1. :  the inability to do a good job … they were frustrated by their … own incompetence. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild


Medical Dictionary

incompetence

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noun in·com·pe·tence \(ˈ)in-ˈkäm-pət-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of incompetence

  1. 1:  lack of legal qualification

  2. 2:  inability of an organ or part to perform its function adequately incompetence of an aortic valve


Law Dictionary

incompetence

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noun in·com·pe·tence \in-ˈkäm-pə-təns\

Legal Definition of incompetence

  1. :  the state or fact of being incompetent — compare competency



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