Definitions for incompetenceɪnˈkɒm pɪ təns
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lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
inability of a part or organ to function properly
Inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude.
alt. of Incompetency
Incompetence is a dystopian comedy novel by Red Dwarf co-creator Rob Grant, first published in 2003 with the tag line "Bad is the new Good". It is a murder mystery and political thriller set in a near-future federal Europe where no-one can be "prejudiced from employment for reason of age, race, creed or incompitence [sic]". Consequently, much of the population demonstrates an extreme lack of competence in their occupations. The novel tells the story of a detective working for an unnamed secret agency, with a variety of identities within various law enforcement agencies. His real name remains a mystery but he commonly uses the pseudonym Harry Salt. The story starts with the apparent death of his former mentor in an apparent elevator accident. He suspects foul play, and his investigations lead him around various states of Europe. In the course of these investigations, he seems to be tracked by an unknown stalker. On the way, he is hindered by the fact that practically everyone he meets has a serious character flaw and/or mental deficiency. Another ongoing problem is his inability to acquire or hang onto a decent pair of shoes, primarily as all shoes in the "United States of Europe" are made of vegetable matter. A number of new mental disorders have apparently been classified in the book's universe, such as Sexually Inappropriate Response and Non-Specific Stupidity.
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Man cannot live by incompetence alone.
This is not incompetence, it's a crime.
Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan - a Mount Rushmore of incompetence.
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