- 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 aptest
It is, possibly, the aptest contrast with the seriousness of our hero and heroine.The Art Of The Moving Picture
In any case oil has ever been regarded as the aptest symbol and vehicle of the holy and illuminating spirit.
If they use such a quality of diet and physic, as is aptest for the altering of those bodily distempers, which are the cause.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
That state is most fortunate in its form of government which has the aptest instruments for the discovery of laws.Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed.
He had the most winning tongue, and the aptest spirit in the world to divine the natural inclinations of those he consorted with.Constance Sherwood
Lady Georgiana Fullerton
- 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 aptest
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.