Definition of aptitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaptɪtjuːd/


1A natural ability to do something: children with an aptitude for painting and drawing
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  • He had previously believed that he did not have a natural aptitude for learning languages, through his experiences at school.
  • A similar argument could be made for selecting children with an aptitude for music, he went on.
  • Secondly these students deserve the chance to overcome this initial hiccup, to show whatever aptitudes, abilities they have.
1.1A natural tendency: his aptitude for deceit
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  • They require tact and a deftness that neither government has shown much aptitude for or inclination toward.
  • In fact, his was a different kind of mind with an aptitude more for philosophical thoughts and concepts than for literary pursuits.
  • It also acknowledges that patients differ in their choice of therapies according to their aptitudes and inclinations towards the various options.
talent, gift, flair, bent, skill, knack, facility, finesse, genius;
ability, proficiency, competence, capability, potential, capacity, faculty;
expertise, expertness, adeptness, prowess, mastery, artistry;
propensity, inclination, natural ability, suitability, fitness;
head, mind, brain
informal know-how


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin aptitudo, from aptus (see apt).

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