Definition of aptitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaptəˌt(y)o͞od/


1 (often aptitude for) A natural ability to do something: he had a remarkable aptitude for learning words
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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 natural aptitude for failure
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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, ability, proficiency, capability, potential, capacity, faculty, genius
2 archaic Suitability or fitness: aptitude of expression


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

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Syllabification: ap·ti·tude

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