Definition of inapt in English:

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inapt

Pronunciation: /iˈnapt/

adjective

Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances: a more inapt name I cannot imagine
More example sentences
  • In such circumstances it is inapt to burden the courts of Jersey with this case in any way.
  • Moreover, the use of ‘shall’ in the condition is inapt: the condition was not requiring, merely enabling, the indoor market to the held on up to ten days throughout the year over and above Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The expression ‘cost of reinstatement, repair or replacement’ is wholly apt in relation to buildings, fixtures, fittings and goods, but wholly inapt in relation to economic loss.

Derivatives

inaptitude

Pronunciation: /iˈnaptit(y)o͞od/
noun
Example sentences
  • There are other questions and inaptitude that go unanswered except to allow a movie to tie up loose ends quickly and move the plot along.
  • If antirelationality is inherent in all homoness, then Beckett's ‘contagious destruction of relations’ and ‘subversion of relationality’ figure productively in that inherent inaptitude.
  • The constructed legal rationale then is the causal contingency of possession, use, and ‘mental defects’ or ‘characterological inaptitude.’

inaptly

Pronunciation: /iˈnaptlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The opening episode, inaptly called ‘Rocking the Foundations’, did not begin: it simply dropped viewers into the middle of a situation that had no evident origins.
  • Whisper it gently, but at last there are signs that common sense may prevail in the inaptly named ‘war on drugs’.
  • The East London News reported, ‘The week might not inaptly be called the week of strikes - coal men, match girls, parcels postmen, car men, rag, bone and paper porters and pickers.’

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Syllabification: in·apt

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