aptitude

[ ap-ti-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈæp tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /

noun

capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent: She has a special aptitude for mathematics.
readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence: He was placed in honors classes because of his general aptitude.
the state or quality of being apt; special fitness.

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Origin of aptitude

1400–50; late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Late Latin aptitūdō.See apt, -i-, -tude

OTHER WORDS FROM aptitude

ap·ti·tu·di·nal, adjectiveap·ti·tu·di·nal·ly, adverbpre·ap·ti·tude, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aptitude

aptitude
/ (ˈæptɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

inherent or acquired ability
ease in learning or understanding; intelligence
the condition or quality of being apt

Word Origin for aptitude

C15: via Old French from Late Latin aptitūdō, from Latin aptus apt
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