incompetence

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

Definition of incompetence

: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.

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First Known Use of incompetence

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INCOMPETENCE Defined for English Language Learners

incompetence

noun

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

incompetence

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

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 Dictionary

incompetence

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

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

Law Dictionary

incompetence

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

legal Definition of incompetence

:the state or fact of being incompetent — compare competency


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