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[uhn-apt] /ʌnˈæpt/
not appropriate; unfit; unsuitable:
an unapt answer.
not prone, likely, or disposed:
She is unapt to waste what she has accumulated with such effort.
deficient in aptitude or capacity; slow; dull:
an unapt student.
Origin of unapt
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. Unabridged
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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


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