inept

[ in-ept, ih-nept ]
/ ɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt /

adjective

without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.
inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.
absurd or foolish: an inept remark.

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Origin of inept

1595–1605; < Latin ineptus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -eptus, combining form of aptus apt

OTHER WORDS FROM inept

in·ept·ly, adverbin·ept·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inept

inapt inept unapt
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British Dictionary definitions for inept

inept
/ (ɪnˈɛpt) /

adjective

awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place

Derived forms of inept

ineptitude, nounineptly, adverbineptness, noun

Word Origin for inept

C17: from Latin ineptus, from in- 1 + aptus fitting, suitable
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