Definition of Inept

1. Adjective. Not elegant or graceful in expression. "If the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"

Exact synonyms: Awkward, Clumsy, Cumbersome, Ill-chosen, Inapt
Similar to: Infelicitous
Derivative terms: Awkwardness, Clumsiness, Inaptness, Ineptness



2. Adjective. Generally incompetent and ineffectual. "Inept handling of the account"
Exact synonyms: Feckless
Similar to: Incompetent
Derivative terms: Fecklessness, Ineptness

3. Adjective. Revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse. "It was tactless to bring up those disagreeable"
Exact synonyms: Tactless
Similar to: Maladroit
Derivative terms: Ineptness, Tactlessness

Definition of Inept

1. a. Not apt or fit; unfit; unsuitable; improper; unbecoming.

Definition of Inept

1. Adjective. Not able to do something; not proficient; displaying incompetence ¹

2. Adjective. Unfit; unsuitable ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inept

1. not suitable [adj] : INEPTLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inept

ineligible
ineligibles
ineligibly
ineliminable
ineloquence
ineloquent
ineloquently
ineluctability
ineluctable
ineluctably
ineludible
inembryonate
inenarrable
inenubilable
inenumerable
inept (current term)
inepter
ineptest
ineptitude
ineptitudes
ineptly
ineptness
ineptnesses
ineptocracies
ineptocracy
inequable
inequal
inequalitarian
inequalitarianism
inequalitarians

Literary usage of Inept

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1. The Scots Digest of Scots Appeals in the House of Lords from 1707 and of the by Robert Candlish Henderson, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords (1908)
"Liability of Agent — Ignorance— inept Title.—An agent having been employed to complete the title to a purchaser, prepared and took from the seller a ..."

2. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle of St. James by James Hardy Ropes (1916)
"... necessity of supposing either a real epistolary aim on the part of the author or the addition by a later and inept hand of an alien epistolary preface. ..."

3. In Other Words by Franklin Pierce Adams (1912)
"inept Quotation's Artificial Aid It was a friar of orders gray, And he stoppeth one of three: I chanced to see at break of day That not impossible She. ..."

4. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Johann Lorenz Mosheim (1845)
"... because by reason of their inept fabric, they could not propagate their kind by gems," verse 905, inc., which he says is stupid and ridiculous; ..."

5. Aquinas Ethicus: Or, The Moral Teaching of St. Thomas. A Translation of the by Thomas, Joseph Rickaby (1896)
"Are the daughters of gluttony duly assigned as five: inept mirth, buffoonery, uncleanness, much talking, and dulness of mind for intellectual things ? ..."

6. Handbook of Canadian Literature (English) by Archibald MacMurchy (1906)
"... considerably below the level of Mr. William Kirby's Le Chien d'Or, conveys a not inept idea of the times whereof it treats, and will well repay perusal. ..."

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