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inept

[in-ept, ih-nept]
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adjective
  1. without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
  2. generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.
  3. inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.
  4. 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
Related formsin·ept·ly, adverbin·ept·ness, noun
Can be confusedinapt inept unapt

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1. unskillful, bungling. 4. stupid, pointless, inane.

Antonyms

1. suited.
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inept

adjective
  1. awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
  2. not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place
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Derived Formsineptitude, nounineptly, adverbineptness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ineptus, from in- 1 + aptus fitting, suitable
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Word Origin and History for inept

adj.

c.1600, from Old French inepte (14c.) or directly from Latin ineptus "unsuitable, improper, absurd, awkward, silly, tactless," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + aptus "apt" (see apt). Related: Ineptly; ineptness.

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