incompetent in‧com‧pe‧tent [ɪnˈkɒmptənt ǁ -ˈkɑːm-] adjective
not having the skill or ability to do a job properly:

• Those who are conspicuously incompetent get the sack.

— incompetence noun [uncountable] :

• He was accused of medical incompetence.

— incompetently adverb :

• If lawyers perform incompetently, clients are entitled to a refund.

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incompetence UK US /ɪnˈkɒmpɪtəns/ noun [U]
lack of the ability, skill, or knowledge that is needed to do a job or perform an action correctly or to a satisfactory standard: »

to demonstrate/expose/reveal incompetence

gross/sheer/utter incompetence »

An audit reveals areas of gross incompetence and the mismanagement of the business.


administrative/bureaucratic/managerial incompetence

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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