incompetence

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incompetence

[in′käm·pəd·əns]
(forensic science)
Inability to function within the law, as the incompetence of an individual to drive when under the influence of alcohol.
(medicine)
Insufficiency or inadequacy in performing natural functions.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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for a more flexible understanding of mental incompetence. Second, Hale
The controversies Gottschalk analyzes will be familiar to anyone who knows the outlines of Eddy's life--litigations; disputes with former students such as Josephine Woodbury and Augusta Stetson; disillusionment with people she had at one time been close to such as her adopted son, Foster Eddy; accusations against her that ranged from hysteria to fraudulence to authoritarianism to heterodoxy to mushy thinking and bad writing; and, finally, mental incompetence. Gottschalk moves away from some of the polarized interpretations of Eddy that have emerged from these difficulties by looking at them from new angles.
physician, carries a much higher connotation of mental incompetence and also presents the "threat" of involuntary treatment.
The Tokyo High Court suspended the appeals trial in February last year due to his mental incompetence. The high court is expected to dismiss the case following the death of the defendant.
It fosters the assumption that diagnosis of mental incompetence can be accomplished independent of nonscientific motives.
The law provides diverse legal settings for the heroes' actions, including complaints of elder abuse, appeals over mental incompetence, and even criminal charges.
Attacking the use of an insanity defense by murder suspects: "If you're guilty of unspeakable acts, fleeing to a convenient legal refuge, even one as humiliating as mental incompetence, is probably the most rational thing one can do."