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1. The quality or state of being incompetent; want of physical, intellectual, or moral ability; insufficiency; inadequacy; as, the incompetency of a child hard labour, or of an idiot for intellectual efforts. Some inherent incompetency.

2. Want 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.

Synonym: Inability, insufficiency, inadequacy, disqualification, incapability, unfitness.

Origin: cf. F. Incompetence.

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