incompetency

noun

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The entire public, with an average IQ of 100, was able to make an assessment of incompetency within the first three minutes or less of the debate. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 4 July 2024 The judge also appointed two doctors to evaluate Ramos’ mental fitness, as part of the issue around mental incompetency, and anticipated learning the results by late August. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 29 June 2024 Under state law, only a judge can declare a person ineligible to vote due to incompetency. Jessie Opoien, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 An effort to bolster the case for his incompetency? Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for incompetency 

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incompetency was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Incompetency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incompetency. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

incompetency

noun
in·​com·​pe·​ten·​cy (ˈ)in-ˈkäm-pət-ən-sē How to pronounce incompetency (audio)
plural incompetencies

Medical Definition

incompetency

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

Legal Definition

incompetency

noun
in·​com·​pe·​ten·​cy in-ˈkäm-pə-tən-sē How to pronounce incompetency (audio)
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