Inefficiency vs Incompetence - What's the difference?

inefficiency | incompetence |


As nouns the difference between inefficiency and incompetence

is that inefficiency is lack of efficiency or effectiveness while incompetence is incompetence.

inefficiency

Noun

(inefficiencies)
  • Lack of efficiency or effectiveness.
  • incompetence

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • Inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude.
  • * 1851:
  • ... at the head of a crew, too, chiefly made up of mongrel renegades, and castaways, and cannibals--morally enfeebled also, by the incompetence of mere unaided virtue or right-mindedness in Starbuck
  • * 1949:
  • Winston did not know why Withers had been disgraced. Perhaps it was for corruption or incompetence . Perhaps Big Brother was merely getting rid of a too-popular subordinate.
  • * 1974:
  • The factory where she worked was a poisonous mass of incompetence , favoritism, and sabotage.