not appropriate; unfit; unsuitable: an unapt answer.
not prone, likely, or disposed: She is unapt to waste what she has accumulated with such effort.
deficient in aptitude or capacity; slow; dull: an unapt student.

Origin of unapt

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at un-1, apt
Related formsun·apt·ly, adverbun·apt·ness, noun
Can be confusedinapt inept unapt
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Examples from the Web for unapt

Historical Examples of unapt

  • “No unapt picture this, of the life of many of us, Hurry,” said my companion.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • A most merciful man, as ready to forgive as unapt to take or give offence.

    George Fox

    George Fox

  • This is no unapt emblem of the mind's self-experience in the act of thinking.

    Biographia Literaria

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The poet's chaos was no unapt emblem of the state of my mind.

    Wieland; or The Transformation

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • Archy is as unapt to give out a secret as the rock is to unlock its waters.

British Dictionary definitions for unapt



(usually postpositive often foll by for) not suitable or qualified; unfitted
mentally slow
(postpositive; may take an infinitive) not disposed or likely (to)
Derived Formsunaptly, adverbunaptness, noun
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