Incompetence vs Ineptness - What's the difference?

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Incompetence is a synonym of ineptness.

As nouns the difference between incompetence and ineptness

is that incompetence is inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude while ineptness is the quality or degree 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 or degree of being inept.
  • :The ineptness of the novice jugglers was apparent as they frequently dropped their juggling pins.
  • Synonyms

    *(quality or degree of being inept ): awkwardness, incompetence, ineptitude, unfitness, unsuitability