Incompetence vs Ineptitude - What's the difference?

incompetence | ineptitude |

As nouns the difference between incompetence and ineptitude

is that incompetence is inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude while ineptitude is the quality of being inept.




  • 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.




  • The quality of being inept.
  • * 2013 , Simon Jenkins, Gibraltar and the Falklands deny the logic of history'' (in ''The Guardian , 14 August 2013)[]
  • The curse has been Spanish ineptitude feeding Gibraltarian intransigence. Border hold-ups are counterproductive to winning hearts and minds, as were blundering Argentinian landings on the outer Falklands.


    * ineptness