- 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 aptness
As we ran towards the main hatch I recognized the aptness of the comparison.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I marvelled at its aptness, and also that it should have come to me so pat.The Arrow of Gold
This prophecy is wonderful for the aptness of each single word.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
Even puns please, from the aptness and pleasantry of their conceits.A Lecture On Heads
Geo. Alex. Stevens
There is also an aptness in this selection, which does credit to the 'Patriarch.'Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
- 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 aptness
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.