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

Definition of incompetency

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 After the last home game, a 30-28 loss to Atlanta where nine points were left on the field as a result of pure incompetency, Miami left six more points out there after three sacks of Brissett. Steve Svekis,, 7 Nov. 2021 In Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security must file any evidence of incompetency in its records to a judge. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 30 Oct. 2021 Members of the Michigan defense waved their arms to encourage the irascible Wisconsin fans to stay peeved as the Wolverines reveled in their opponent’s incompetency. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 In a web of corruption, self-protection, incompetency, delays, minimization, favor-trading and a gross power imbalance. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 But there is no excuse for incompetency or a bad attitude. Jacob M. Engel, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The brother is referred to as a co-conspirator in the indictment against Ma, but prosecutors didn't charge him because of his incompetency due to Alzheimer's, the motion said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 The brother is referred to as a co-conspirator in the indictment against Ma, but prosecutors didn't charge him because of his incompetency because of the Alzheimer's, the motion said. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 July 2021 Pearson turned the full firepower of his column and radio program against Tydings, launching flimsy accusations of incompetency and corruption. Washington Post, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of incompetency

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Incompetency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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

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