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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n incompetency lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incompetency (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.
    • Incompetency 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incompetency The character or condition of being incompetent; lack of competence; inability, whether physical, moral, or intellectual; disqualification; incapacity; inadequacy.
    • n incompetency 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.
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  • Laurence J. Peter
    “Man cannot live by incompetence alone.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment (surroundings).”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    “Men now monopolize the upper levels depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.”
  • Evelle Younger
    Evelle Younger
    “An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. incompétence,


In literature:

A detailed account of the incompetent successors of Bahadur Shah would be superfluous.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
At Hoo is one of the coarsest exemplifications of masonic incompetency I have ever encountered.
"In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious" by W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
Furthermore, the village is sadly incompetent in the organization of its welfare and community work.
"The Minister and the Boy" by Allan Hoben
Unskilled and incompetent labor must take what is given; skilled and competent labor will eventually make its own standard.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
One great trouble with the organization of our army was that too many old and incompetent officers of the old regular army commanded it.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Are they incompetent, or asleep?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Antonyms: unable, incompetent, incapable, inefficient ineffective, impotent.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
It may be that he is disagreeable or boorish in manners, or even notoriously incompetent.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876." by Various
The chief difficulty with co-operation is that the manager, if not incompetent, has an excellent opportunity to be a grafter.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Who ever accused him of incompetence?
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
The reason why Frenchmen are incompetent to judge or appreciate what is not French is that they apply to all things the French measure.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
There are as many bad performances because the players are physically unsuitable as because they are otherwise incompetent.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
Critics, incompetence, 37, 38.
"The Age of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The incompetence of Portugal cannot endure.
"The Congo and Coasts of Africa" by Richard Harding Davis
I am totally incompetent now; I will be totally incompetent on May 15th; this because I am all wrong from the beginning.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
But I suppose warriors then weren't the bemedalled, time-serving incompetents they are now.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
There was little place in the rodeo for weak, incompetent or untrustworthy men.
"When A Man's A Man" by Harold Bell Wright
Hence idiots and lunatics are generally incompetent to make contracts.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Moors renew the war in Africa; Solomon is slain in battle against them; Sergius, his successor, is incompetent.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
The chief charges against the Negro governments are extravagance, theft, and incompetency of officials.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois

In news:

My other concern is the incompetent manner in which the situation apparently is being handled by the faculty and administration.
Chief fires firefighter for ' incompetence, ' memo says.
Quinn Calls Out Board of Elections for Incompetence .
Incompetence is king in American government, and the voters just can't get enough of it.
Triple murder suspect ruled incompetent for trial.
A judge has ruled that an illegal immigrant charged in a triple murder last year is incompetent to stand trial.
Reader calls Juhl's involvement ' incompetent .
MARCO CHOWN OVED/TORONTO STAR Dr John K Pariag admitted to 22 cases of professional misconduct and incompetence earlier this year including unnecessarily removing healthy appendixes three times.
(AP) — A judge has ruled that a man accused of vandalizing churches in Buffalo and leaving behind anti-gay posters is mentally incompetent for trial.
Kingsford man incompetent to face federal charges, officials say.
As of Monday, December 3, 2012, 09:35 a.m. WASHINGTON — Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun.
Two Men Ruled Incompetent for Trial.
Pair ruled incompetent for trial.
So, gross incompetence or something more.
There's also a strong argument to be made for "gross incompetence " however.

In science:

See Sec. 6.11 for a discussion of the fractional typing used here to determine the number of SNe Ia from the incompetely typed search sample.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
He refused from the award, referring to incompetence of people, adjudging a prize to him.
Monistic conception of geometry
By means of agent based simulations, we demonstrated that random promotion strategies could stop the diffusion of incompetence in hierarchical groups, obtaining also an increase in the global efficiency of the organization under study.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
Even if it sounds paradoxical, according to Peter such a perverse effect surely occurs whenever promoted people do change their task passing from the previous to the next level: in this way, incompetence will inevitably spread at the top of the organization, endangering its proper functioning.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
The main results found after averaging over many different realizations of the initial conditions, confirmed the risk of incompetence spreading when the Peter Hypothesis holds.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
If it were granted that the ob jects I listed were not maliciously or incompetently selected, my data alone would establish the alignment trend illustrated in Fig. 1 of, since one requires both a low birefringence and a consistent intrinsic alignment to obtain a small scatter of β (obs) around zero.
Comment on the Measurement of Cosmological Birefringence
As a retired person, publication gives no professional benefit, and it is highly unpleasant to have to deal with incompetent referees and journals which lack scientific integrity.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
This is not through incompetence, since the necessary information is not always available.
QCD and Hadronic Interactions: Summary talk for Moriond 97
We discuss also the difference of the Eulerian and Lagrangian description, pointing out the incompeteness of the first.
On the Hamiltonian Description of Fluid Mechanics