- capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent: She has a special aptitude for mathematics.
- readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence: He was placed in honors classes because of his general aptitude.
- the state or quality of being apt; special fitness.
Origin of aptitude
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Examples from the Web for aptitude
So the KGB assembled a group of young women with an aptitude for languages.Soviet-Style Sexual Politics Returns
May 19, 2014
But that won't do for the folks without the aptitude to enter the new high-skilled fields.Why Aren't We Creating Enough New Jobs?
June 18, 2013
“The girls we teach have the aptitude, and they can get a job right out of high school,” she says.New Feminists: Young, Multicultural, Strategic, and Looking Out for Each Other
February 26, 2013
Others say Wong is smart, and has an aptitude for understanding foreign policy.Romney’s Foreign-Policy Team: Anyone Home?
July 2, 2012
According to the Aptitude Chronology report, she was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.Former Student Claims U.S. Naval Academy Had ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Rape Victims
May 4, 2012
He appeared to have no aptitude at all for the business of soap making.The Age of Invention
He had seized a sword from a dying hand and was wielding it with aptitude and power.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
When Piloti became old enough he was taught the piano, for which he had aptitude.Melomaniacs
It substitutes an aptitude for what ought to be pure acquirement.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
It is doubtful if the Phoenicians possessed any aptitude for the arts.The Legacy of Greece
- inherent or acquired ability
- ease in learning or understanding; intelligence
- the condition or quality of being apt
Word Origin and History for aptitude
early 15c., "tendency, likelihood," from Middle French aptitude (14c.) or directly from Late Latin aptitudo (genitive aptitudinis) "fitness," noun of quality from Latin aptus "joined, fitted" (see apt). Meaning "natural capacity to learn" is 1540s; that of "quality of being fit (for a purpose or position)" is from 1640s.