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
Recent Examples on the Web To be honest, these Trojans probably were doomed from the start, irreparably damaged by their recent history and their conference’s incompetency. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Unbeaten and unrespected, USC won’t get a shot at national championship," 15 Dec. 2020 Boiled down, that means that a lot of people living in Texas who are mentally ill, have dementia, or have some other type of incompetency can still legally vote merely because their case has never come before a judge. Dallas News, "Idiots and lunatics: State law controls voter qualification," 6 Sep. 2020 McManus, in firing the officers, also cited acts of incompetency, discourtesy and lack of moral character. Express-news Staff Report,, "San Antonio police chief fires two officers for excessive use of force," 12 Aug. 2020 The authorities fight amongst themselves on how to handle it, revealing all the cultural faults and incompetencies that were already present. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Pathologic Is the Perfect Videogame to Revisit Right Now," 17 Apr. 2020 Because medical treatment is likely different in the county jail than in a psychiatric hospital, Parker said a person can revert back to incompetency. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "In rare case, woman faces trial 13 years after being charged in mother's killing," 29 Jan. 2020 The prevailing theme of the anti-Trumpism herd being his illegitimacy and incompetency. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Trump’s “privilege” mistake; Synthetic outrage fuels the left (12/5/19)," 5 Dec. 2019 All in all, a great season content-wise, and their last of incompetency until this year., "7 Crazy Seasons That Needed an Amazon 'All or Nothing' Documentary," 21 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of incompetency

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incompetency was in 1611

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21 Dec 2020

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“Incompetency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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

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