American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inappropriate: an inapt remark.
- adj. Inept: inapt handling of the project.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not apt in kind or character; ill adapted to the purpose or occasion; unsuitable; not fit or qualified: as, a person inapt for a particular service.
- Not apt in action or manner; not ready or skilful; dull; slow; awkward; unhandy: as, an inapt student or workman. Also unapt. See inept.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Unapt; not apt; unsuitable; inept.
- adj. not elegant or graceful in expression
- in- + apt (Wiktionary)
“Many of the Bushisms strike me as unfair and inapt, which is why I comment onthem.”
“Powers chooses, to my chagrin, two phrases from my article, both meant to be humorous, to suggest that not only is my style of writing "inapt," a rather awkward word, in my opinion but, more importantly, who the hell am I to have anything posted on HuffPo in the first place?”
“[69: 1] We have a Gillespie setting aside the Design Argument on the ground that the reasonings by which it is supported are 'inapt' to show such attributes as infinity, omnipresence, free agency, omnipotency, eternality, or unity, 'belong in any way to God.”
“Such military terms are inapt for a situation where the means and purpose of the events are unclear, as are the antagonists.”
“P.S. The terrorists in Iraq are there because we invaded the wrong country, making most of that reasoning inapt at best.”
“Comparisons to the mountains of Yemen are utterly inapt.”
“However, it seems to me that your comparison is inapt, in that the Tea Party movement is a group of individuals acting collectively, but outside formal government, whereas the current understanding of “nudge” or “shove,” especially in the context of the original post, refers to the government using its monopoly onforce.”
“Given that she has no effective control over the center of Gaza, I think this is inapt.”
“While we might find the Iranian analogy entirely inapt we already saw that unlike Iranian security forces, the Egyptian military won't mow down its own people, Israel survives by planning for and worrying about the worst of all worlds.”
“After your initial instinct to cooperate has petered out, of course, a fact checker's questions begin to seem somehow—inapt.”
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