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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [in-kom-pi-tuh ns or in-kom-pi-tuh n-see]
    • /ɪnˈkɒm pɪ təns or ɪnˈkɒm pɪ tən si/
    • /ɪnˈkɒm.pɪ.təns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-kom-pi-tuh ns or in-kom-pi-tuh n-see]
    • /ɪnˈkɒm pɪ təns or ɪnˈkɒm pɪ tən si/

Definitions of incompetence word

  • noun incompetence the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability. 1
  • noun incompetence Law. the condition of lacking power to act with legal effectiveness. 1
  • noun incompetence Inability to do something successfully; ineptitude. 1
  • noun incompetence lack of skill or ability 1
  • noun incompetence clumsiness, blundering 1
  • uncountable noun incompetence If you refer to someone's incompetence, you are criticizing them because they are unable to do their job or a task properly. 0

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Origin of incompetence

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
1655-65; variant (with -ence for -ency) of earlier incompetency. See incompetent, -cy

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Parts of speech for Incompetence


incompetence popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for incompetence

noun incompetence

  • inability — lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means: his inability to make decisions.
  • ineptitude — quality or condition of being inept.
  • inexperience — lack of experience.
  • inadequacy — Also, inadequateness [in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/ (Show IPA). the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
  • unskilful — not skillful; clumsy or bungling.

Antonyms for incompetence

noun incompetence

  • ability — Your ability to do something is the fact that you can do it.

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