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unapt

[uhn-apt] /ʌnˈæpt/
adjective
1.
not appropriate; unfit; unsuitable:
an unapt answer.
2.
not prone, likely, or disposed:
She is unapt to waste what she has accumulated with such effort.
3.
deficient in aptitude or capacity; slow; dull:
an unapt student.
Origin of unapt
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at un-1, apt
Related forms
unaptly, adverb
unaptness, noun
Can be confused
inapt, inept, unapt.
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Examples from the Web for unapt
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  • “No unapt picture this, of the life of many of us, Hurry,” said my companion.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • A most merciful man, as ready to forgive as unapt to take or give offence.

    George Fox George Fox
  • This is no unapt emblem of the mind's self-experience in the act of thinking.

    Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The poet's chaos was no unapt emblem of the state of my mind.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Archy is as unapt to give out a secret as the rock is to unlock its waters.

  • Their native tongue is to them strange, inelegant, unapt, and crude.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • Drowſie and unapt for Buſineſs, and other nobler Parts of Life.

  • The whilst I wonder, ask not Speech from me: unapt Is he to speak, whom other will employs.

  • It is certainly the sort of wine wherewith to tempt a Polyphemus, and not unapt to turn a giant's head.

  • For you are just, and are not angry lightly; And he is mild, unapt to give offence, As you to be offended.

    The Fatal Falsehood Hannah More
British Dictionary definitions for unapt

unapt

/ʌnˈæpt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) often foll by for. not suitable or qualified; unfitted
2.
mentally slow
3.
(postpositive; may take an infinitive) not disposed or likely (to)
Derived Forms
unaptly, adverb
unaptness, noun
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