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[in-ep-ti-tood, -tyood, ih-nep-] /ɪnˈɛp tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud, ɪˈnɛp-/
quality or condition of being inept.
an inept act or remark.
Origin of ineptitude
From the Latin word ineptitūdō, dating back to 1605-15. See inept, -i-, -tude Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I repeated, struck by the ineptitude of the remark, and thinking I had heard imperfectly.

    The Merry Men Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To them, in their then ineptitude, what I shall say now would have been unintelligible.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • There is a crowd of pamphlets that have come down to us shrieking with the ineptitude of this period.

  • There's a similar touch of ineptitude (senility, perhaps) in the Memorabilia, ad fin.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Whilst I was in this critical state of ineptitude, my attention was accidentally roused by the sight of a boxing-match.

Word Origin and History for ineptitude

1610s, from French ineptitude, from Latin ineptitudo, noun of quality from ineptus "unsuitable, absurd" (see inept).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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