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.
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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