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aptitude Line breaks: ap¦ti|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈaptɪtjuːd/

Definition of aptitude in English:


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.


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

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