Definition of aptitude in English:


Syllabification: ap·ti·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈaptiˌt(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.
  • 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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