in·​com·​pe·​ten·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkäm-pə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce incompetency (audio) \

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Examples of incompetency in a Sentence

the incompetency of the secretary was revealed only after she had left the company, and her successor discovered years of filing left undone

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Meanwhile, six Castle Hills residents filed their own lawsuit this week calling for removal of the two women from office, alleging incompetency and official misconduct, under the Texas Local Government Code. Scott Huddleston,, "Castle Hills councilwoman’s seat in limbo as politics continues to roil San Antonio suburb," 9 Aug. 2019 Another pending Castle Hill lawsuit filed on behalf of six residents seeks to have Wenger and Gonzalez removed from office, accusing them of incompetency and official misconduct. Scott Huddleston,, "Castle Hills council drama far from over as power struggle continues in San Antonio suburb," 28 Aug. 2019 Six Castle Hills residents filed a lawsuit last week seeking to have Gonzalez and Wenger removed from office under the Texas Local Government Code, accusing them of incompetency and official misconduct. Scott Huddleston,, "Power struggle sparks competing agenda items for San Antonio suburb’s council meeting," 13 Aug. 2019 On February 7th, a settlement was reached regarding Morden’s petition of incompetency. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census," 13 July 2019 Finally, the city of Newcastle and the Toon Army would be saved from the tyrannical incompetency of the Mike Ashley era!, "Rafa Benitez's Exit From Newcastle Confirms Toon Army's Worst Fears Under Mike Ashley's Ownership," 24 June 2019 The longer Newcastle trip over themselves the more time Rondon has to think and realise that maybe the lure of playing in front of the incredible fanbase at St James' isn't' enough to overcome the club's incompetencies., "Diame Among Released Players, Toon Interest in Dann, Ameobi to Return & More: Newcastle News Roundup," 5 June 2019 Charlotte lawyer Elizabeth Dantism, who records show is involved in the incompetency petition filing, declined to comment when reached by the Observer. Joe Marusak And Maria David, charlotteobserver, "Man accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at a North Carolina school | Charlotte Observer," 8 Mar. 2018 The act also had some ambiguities, such as whether a Baker Act commitment prohibits gun purchases forever, or just during the period of incompetency. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Stoneman Douglas' resource officer recommended committing Nikolas Cruz for mental health issues," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of incompetency

1611, in the meaning defined above

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in·​com·​pe·​ten·​cy | \ -ən-sē How to pronounce incompetency (audio) \
plural incompetencies

Medical Definition of incompetency


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