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  1. not apt or fitting.
  2. without aptitude or capacity.
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Origin of inapt

First recorded in 1735–45; in-3 + apt
Related formsin·apt·ly, adverbin·apt·ness, noun
Can be confusedinapt inept unapt

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Related Words for inapt

awkward, banal, clumsy, dull, flat, gauche, ill-suited, improper, inappropriate, incongruous, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, insipid, jejune, maladroit, malapropos, slow, stupid, unable

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British Dictionary definitions for inapt


  1. not apt or fitting; inappropriate
  2. lacking skill; inept
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Derived Formsinaptitude or inaptness, nouninaptly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inapt


1744, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + apt. Related: Inaptly; inaptness.

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