- 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
Synonyms for apt
Related Words for apterrelevant, appropriate, felicitous, fitting, apropos, suitable, correct, happy, likely, prone, adept, intelligent, able, smart, applicable, apposite, befitting, fit, germane, just
Examples from the Web for apter
Historical Examples of apter
You will be apter to abuse your inferiors than well to govern them.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
Passion, says I, is apter to discover our Thoughts than to teach us to counterfeit.An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews
He is apter to say: "Do you carry your own, or will you try mine?"What Will People Say?
The apter he is to smatter, the slower he is in making any advance in his pretences.
I may be apter than my appearance would give reason to think.The Bravo
J. Fenimore Cooper
- 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 for apt
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.