Definition of inept in English:


Line breaks: in¦ept
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɛpt




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  • This kind of ineptitude, though, is typical of what has gone on in this lamentably sub-standard group.
  • Even they must have been surprised at the sheer ineptitude of his defence as they surrendered a couple of early tries.
  • We must no longer put up with this kind of ineptitude and mismanagement.


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  • The director seems to view himself as an auteur… As poorly written, ineptly directed, and hideously acted as the film is, its biggest sin is that it's boring.
  • Corruption had become endemic, the economy was ineptly managed, and the ruling party itself was unable to offer anything but fossilized mantras.
  • At times, after a particularly long-winded question ineptly put, the defendant would look totally at sea.


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  • The Government was frightened that once there was decent scrutiny of the legislation, the weakness and ineptness of it would be plain for all to see.
  • It is even possible that the FBI's complete ineptness in investigating terrorism was at least partly caused by misdirection of other parts of the U. S. government.
  • There is a gulf between the perceived ineptness of many backbenchers and the acknowledged competence - sometimes seen as arrogance - of frontline ministers.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'not apt, unsuitable'): from Latin ineptus, from in- 'not' + aptus (see apt).

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