Incompetence In*com"pe*tence, Incompetency In*com"pe*tency, n. [Cf. F. incomp['e]tence.] [1913 Webster] 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]

2. (Law) Lack of competency or legal fitness; incapacity; disqualification, as of a person to be heard as a witness, or to act as a juror, or of a judge to try a cause.

Syn: Inability; insufficiency; inadequacy; disqualification; incapability; unfitness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.