Competence vs. Incompetence

Webster defines competent as:

  1. proper or rightly pertinent
  2. having requisite or adequate ability or qualities : fit <a competent teacher> <a competent piece of work>
  3. legally qualified or adequate <a competent witness>
  4. having the capacity to function or develop in a particular way; specifically : having the capacity to respond (as by producing an antibody) to an antigenic determinant <immunologically competent cells>

Incompetent is defined as:

  1. not legally qualified
  2. inadequate to or unsuitable for a particular purpose
  3. a: lacking the qualities needed for effective action b: unable to perform a function properly <incompetent heart valves>

I define competence as being capable of doing the job and incompetence as being incapable of doing the job.

2 thoughts on “Competence vs. Incompetence

  1. I define incompetence as a person who asks the questions:

    “What are your key differentiators?”


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