from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Incompetence.

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  • n. The condition of being incompetent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or condition of being incompetent; lack of competence; inability, whether physical, moral, or intellectual; disqualification; incapacity; inadequacy.
  • n. In law, lack of qualification for the performance of a legal act, or to serve a legal purpose, as incapacity for acting in court as judge, juror, or witness, from personal interest, lack of jurisdiction, or other special or legal unfitness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications


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  • If you continue to support the administration now, even after the cronyism, the lying, the flip-flopping, and the sheer and utter incompetency is so obvious to the rest of the world, then there’s little hope of you joining the reality-based community.

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  • Tenure is no more than a legal commitment (set by the state and negotiated union contracts) to procedural due process, ensuring notice and providing a hearing for generally accepted reasons for termination, such as incompetency, insubordination, and immorality.

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  • The Democratic Party said the government's "incompetency" meant the bill would not succeed.

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