Can't finish a simple task? Having a hard time figuring something out? Lack the ability to get things done? Then you might be suffering from incompetence.

Have you ever noticed how bad a lot of people are at their jobs, even though they do them every day? Or how often famous people screw things up, even very important things? Then you've already noticed that incompetence is a very common thing. Incompetence is a word for people and things that are ineffective, shoddy, or just terrible at what they're supposed to do. Incompetence is the opposite of excellence.

Definitions of incompetence
  1. noun
    lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
    synonyms: incompetency
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    competence, competency
    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
    type of:
    inability, unfitness
    lacking the power to perform
  2. noun
    inability of a part or organ to function properly
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    incompetence of the gonads (especially in the male with low testosterone); results in deficient development of secondary sex characteristics and (in prepubertal males) a body with long legs and a short trunk
    valvular incompetence
    inability of a bodily valve to close completely
    eunuchoidism, male hypogonadism
    the state of being a eunuch (either because of lacking testicles or because they failed to develop)
    Kallman's syndrome
    hypogonadism with anosmia; a congenital sexual disorder that prevents the testicles from maturing at puberty
    type of:
    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
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