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[mass noun] Inability to do something successfully; ineptitude:‘allegations of professional incompetence’
ineptitude, ineptness, inability, lack of ability, incapability, incapacity, lack of skill, lack of proficiency, amateurishness, inexpertness, clumsiness, ineffectiveness, inadequacy, deficiency, inefficiency, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, insufficiencycack-handedness, ham-fistedness, uselessness, hopelessnessView synonyms
- ‘This is the second year we have been disenfranchised by this inept system and incompetence behind its planning.’
- ‘The impression given is one of slovenliness, incompetence and inability to govern at the highest level.’
- ‘There are so many examples of the utter incompetence of people who are supposed to be serving you in some way.’
- ‘I swear that the incompetence of government departments never ceases to amaze me.’
- ‘Sometimes it was impossible to tell where bad luck stopped and incompetence or inexperience kicked in.’
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