Medical Definition of Mental competency

1. Ability to perform or accomplish an action or task that another person of similar background and training, or any human being, could reasonably be expected to perform. The term almost always refers to mental capacity. Incompetency refers to primarily defects in intellectual functioning such that comprehension of the nature of a transaction is interfered with or otherwise inadequate. It takes no note of temperament, emotions, or the like, even though these may interfere with a person's capacity to function. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mental Competency

mental age
mental ages
mental agraphia
mental anguish
mental apparatus
mental asylum
mental attitude
mental balance
mental block
mental branches of mental nerve
mental breakdown
mental canal
mental capacity
mental case
mental competency (current term)
mental confusion
mental defectiveness
mental deficiency
mental disease
mental disorder
mental disorders
mental disorders diagnosed in childhood
mental disturbance
mental energy
mental exhaustion
mental faculty
mental fatigue
mental foramen
mental gymnastics

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