Definition of incompetence in English:



mass noun
  • Inability to do something successfully; ineptitude.

    ‘allegations of professional incompetence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are so many examples of the utter incompetence of people who are supposed to be serving you in some way.’
    • ‘The impression given is one of slovenliness, incompetence and inability to govern at the highest level.’
    • ‘This is the second year we have been disenfranchised by this inept system and incompetence behind its planning.’
    ineptitude, ineptness, inability, lack of ability, incapability, incapacity, lack of skill, lack of proficiency, amateurishness, inexpertness, clumsiness, ineffectiveness, inadequacy, deficiency, inefficiency, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, insufficiency
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