incompetence


noun

  1. the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability.
  2. Law. the condition of lacking power to act with legal effectiveness.
n.

1660s, “inadequacy;” 1716, “want of skill,” from French incompétence (mid-16c.), from in- “not, opposite of, without” (see in- (1)) + compétence (see competence). Native formation incompetency (from incompetent + -cy) is attested from 1610s.

n.

  1. The quality of being incompetent or incapable of performing a function, as the failure of the cardiac valves to close properly.
  2. The condition of being not legally qualified, as to stand trial.
  3. The inability to distinguish right from wrong or to manage one’s affairs.

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