- 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.
Origin of inept
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Antonyms for inept
Related Words for ineptlyclumsily, awkwardly, poorly, stiffly, partially, carelessly, crudely, haphazardly, incompetently, ineffectively, negligently, stupidly, unfavorably, unfortunately, wrong, wrongly, weakly, abominably, defectively, erroneously
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Historical Examples of ineptly
Nothing of all this I knew, so ineptly had I managed my chances to obtain it.Aliens
In consequence of the peculiar legend, the stamp has been dubbed, not ineptly, the "has been" stamp.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery
Clifton Armstrong Howes
Hoddan was again in sanctuary inside the Embassy they'd guarded so ineptly through the dark.The Pirates of Ersatz
Metaphysics was not ineptly called so, since it had in time come after the cruder physical hypotheses.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
That lover of hers, whom we are presently to see, has compared her ineptly with Joan of Arc, that other maid of France.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
- awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
- not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place