Definitions for ineptɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen(adj)

    not elegant or graceful in expression

    "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"

  2. feckless, inept(adj)

    generally incompetent and ineffectual

    "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account"

  3. inept, tactless(adj)

    revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse

    "an inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable"

Wiktionary

  1. inept(Adjective)

    Not able to do something; not proficient; displaying incompetence

  2. inept(Adjective)

    Unfit; unsuitable

  3. Origin: From inepte

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inept(adj)

    not apt or fit; unfit; unsuitable; improper; unbecoming

  2. Inept(adj)

    silly; useless; nonsensical; absurd; foolish

  3. Origin: [L. ineptus; prefix. in- not + aptus apt, fit: cf. F. inepte. Cf. Inapt.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Soli Ozel:

    They were so inept as a collective after June 7, this opposition will not be able to pull itself together for a long time.

  2. Paul Graham, September 2004:

    Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as "suits."

  3. Carly Fiorina:

    Our government has become one giant, bloated, inept, corrupt bureaucracy and only someone who understands a bureaucracy -- and I do -- can cut it down to size.

  4. John McCain:

    It does reveal an underlying view of these things that is really harmful and ... that is damaging, john Kerry has probably been the most inept secretary of state, certainly in my lifetime.

  5. Larry Levesque:

    In our quest to become more social, and intelligent, Are we, human kind becoming socially inept due to our own technology. Is our technology making the world smaller? … or driving us from social interaction?”

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