- Incompetence In*com"pe*tence, Incompetency In*com"pe*tency,
n. [Cf. F. incomp['e]tence.]
1. The quality or state of being incompetent; lack of
physical, intellectual, or moral ability; lack of
qualifications or training (for a particular task);
insufficiency; inadequacy; as, the incompetency of a child
for hard labor, or of an idiot for intellectual efforts.
``Some inherent incompetency.'' --Gladstone.
Syn: incompetence. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.