Malpractice vs Incompetence - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between malpractice and incompetence

is that malpractice is the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss while incompetence is incompetence.

malpractice

English

Noun

(-)
  • the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
  • improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person
  • 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.