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inept, from French inepte (feckless) + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος (krátos, strength, power).


ineptocracy (countable and uncountable, plural ineptocracies)

  1. (countable, derogatory) A government characterized by incompetent leaders.
    • 2011, Christopher Merrill, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expeditions, War, Milkweed Editions, →ISBN, page 46:
      "People like to talk about a neoconservative cabal in the White House," he said, referring to the chief architects of the Iraq War, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. "But what you really have is an ineptocracy: these people can't do anything right."
  2. (uncountable, derogatory) The phenomenon of governance or leadership by the incompetent.
    • 2011 November 17, Richard Fry, “Another case of inept action by highways”, in Wells Journal:
      The road users should at least get some benefit from this waste, another case of Somerset Highways showing ineptocracy.