Pronunciation: in-kom′pe-tens, in-kom′pĕ-ten-sē
1. The quality of being incompetent or incapable of performing the allotted function, especially failure of cardiac or venous valves to close completely.
2. In forensic psychiatry, the inability to distinguish right from wrong or to manage one's affairs.
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