- inclined; disposed; given; prone: too apt to slander others.
- likely: Am I apt to find him at home?
- unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily: an apt pupil.
- suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate: an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace.
- Archaic. prepared; ready; willing.
Origin of apt
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Examples from the Web for apter
You will be apter to abuse your inferiors than well to govern them.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
Passion, says I, is apter to discover our Thoughts than to teach us to counterfeit.An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews
He is apter to say: "Do you carry your own, or will you try mine?"What Will People Say?
The apter he is to smatter, the slower he is in making any advance in his pretences.
I may be apter than my appearance would give reason to think.The Bravo
J. Fenimore Cooper
- suitable for the circumstance or purpose; appropriate
- (postpositive; foll by an infinitive) having a tendency (to behave as specified)
- having the ability to learn and understand easily; clever (esp in the phrase an apt pupil)
Word Origin and History for apter
mid-14c., "inclined, disposed;" late 14c., "suited, fitted, adapted," from Old French ate (13c., Modern French apte), or directly from Latin aptus "fit, suited," adjectival use of past participle of *apere "to attach, join, tie to," from PIE root *ap- "to grasp, take, reach" (cf. Sanskrit apnoti "he reaches," Latin apisci "to reach after, attain," Hittite epmi "I seize"). Elliptical sense of "becoming, appropriate" is from 1560s.