incompetence

noun
in·​com·​pe·​tence | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)s How to pronounce incompetence (audio) \

Definition of incompetence

: the state or fact of being incompetent

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Examples of incompetence in a Sentence

Because of his incompetence, we won't make our deadline. She was fired for gross incompetence.
Recent Examples on the Web Clarkson said other claims outlined by the recall group lacked detail or otherwise failed to meet the definitions of incompetence, lack of fitness or neglect of duty required to recall Dunleavy. CBS News, "Election official rejects attempt to recall Alaska's governor," 5 Nov. 2019 Clarkson said other claims outlined by the recall group lacked detail or otherwise failed to meet the definitions of incompetence, lack of fitness or neglect of duty required to recall Dunleavy. Washington Post, "Election official rejects effort to recall Alaska governor," 5 Nov. 2019 Some states, such as New Mexico and Kansas, limit the reasons for a recall to things such as malfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties and conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "After failed recall attempts, Colorado’s GOP is searching for its next move," 14 Sep. 2019 One key word seems to connect Trump and Johnson’s professional experience: incompetence. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "No, Boris Johnson isn’t the UK’s Donald Trump," 25 July 2019 The Hispanic vote is going to split roughly 75/25 in favor of Democrats (or around 70/30 if the party exhibits its usual incompetence) whoever’s on the ticket. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Who Is Running for Vice President in 2020? These Are the Contenders for the Democratic Nomination," 9 Sep. 2019 Never complain, never explain’ but the amount of absolute incompetence in parading him around like this at this time is nothing short of imbecilic. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Andrew isn’t wanted: Charities distance themselves from scandal-plagued royal," 4 Sep. 2019 This story of congressional incompetence and executive overreach began in January 2018 when Sens. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Now we know Gardner failed to protect Colorado from cuts in addition to failing the U.S. Constitution," 8 Sep. 2019 While the focus on accountability is commendable, his level of sheer incompetence and in-game ineptitude remains staggering. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: One W isn’t wonderful for Trojans fans," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of incompetence

1663, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of incompetence was in 1663

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incompetence

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English Language Learners Definition of incompetence

: lack of the ability to do something well : the quality or state of not being competent

incompetence

noun
in·​com·​pe·​tence | \ in-ˈkäm-pə-təns How to pronounce incompetence (audio) \

Kids Definition of incompetence

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

incompetence

noun
in·​com·​pe·​tence | \ (ˈ)in-ˈkäm-pət-ən(t)s How to pronounce incompetence (audio) \

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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incompetence

noun
in·​com·​pe·​tence | \ in-ˈkäm-pə-təns How to pronounce incompetence (audio) \

Legal Definition of incompetence

: the state or fact of being incompetent — compare competency

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