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[in-ap-ti-tood, -tyood]
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  1. lack of aptitude; unfitness.
  2. unskillfulness; lack of dexterity.
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Origin of inaptitude

First recorded in 1610–20; in-3 + aptitude
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Examples from the Web for inaptitude

Historical Examples

  • I see that he cannot conceal his joy at the inaptitude of my avowal.

    The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • They had completely excused him from service on the basis of inaptitude.

    The Weakling

    Everett B. Cole

  • Poor Santi took it all very quietly—insensible of his inaptitude.

  • Yet the malice truly lies in the inaptitude and inexperience of men.

  • Then I take it that his inexperience and inaptitude can do the company no harm?

    For the Allinson Honor

    Harold Bindloss

Word Origin and History for inaptitude


1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + aptitude.

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