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[in-ep-ti-tood, -tyood, ih-nep-]
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  1. quality or condition of being inept.
  2. an inept act or remark.
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Origin of ineptitude

From the Latin word ineptitūdō, dating back to 1605–15. See inept, -i-, -tude
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Related Words

inability, incompetence, awkwardness, ineptness, clumsiness

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Historical Examples

  • There's a similar touch of ineptitude (senility, perhaps) in the Memorabilia, ad fin.



  • Clinton's position was difficult but he was saved by Lee's ineptitude.

  • To them, in their then ineptitude, what I shall say now would have been unintelligible.

    The Crack of Doom

    Robert Cromie

  • Besides, it roused his gorge to feel that here was an example of British ineptitude.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • Gordon was simply sacrificed to ineptitude in high quarters at home.

    An Autobiography

    Elizabeth Butler

Word Origin and History for ineptitude


1610s, from French ineptitude, from Latin ineptitudo, noun of quality from ineptus "unsuitable, absurd" (see inept).

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