Definition of inept adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈnept//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnept//
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acting or done with no skill She was left feeling inept and inadequate. an inept remark It would be politically inept to cut these training programmes now. He made some particularly inept remarks. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘not apt, unsuitable’): from Latin ineptus, from in- ‘not’ + aptus ‘fitted’, (past participle of apere ‘fasten’).
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