Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being apt, in any sense of that word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Fitness; suitableness; appropriateness.
  • noun Disposition of the mind; propensity.
  • noun Quickness of apprehension; readiness in learning; docility.
  • noun Proneness; tendency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Fitness; suitableness; appropriateness; as, the aptness of things to their end.
  • noun Disposition of the mind; propensity; as, the aptness of men to follow example.
  • noun Quickness of apprehension; readiness in learning; docility; as, an aptness to learn is more observable in some children than in others.
  • noun Proneness; tendency; as, the aptness of iron to rust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a disposition to behave in a certain way
  • noun appropriateness for the occasion

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Examples

  • Manning points out that a pattern of cognitive failure, followed by delayed understanding, has a certain aptness here.

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  • Thus there was a certain aptness in his first publishers 'commission, which was to travel to the industrial north of England and write a report on the effects of unemployment and poverty on the lives of the working class.

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  • This natural aptness, which is fortified by living together, was in Lionello sharpened and refined by his ever wakeful malevolence.

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  • We recall the aptness of Prof. Agassiz's remark: _ "There is even a certain antagonism between instinct and intelligence, so that instinct loses its force and peculiar characteristics, whenever intelligence becomes developed."

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  • Davies punctuates his collage of exquisitely selected archival footage and a few contemporary scenes shot in crisp digital photography with a sound track of extraordinary aptness and variety: Handel, Benny Goodman, Brahms, Salvador Bacarisse, the Spinners, Mahler, Peggy Lee.

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  • Davies punctuates his collage of exquisitely selected archival footage and a few contemporary scenes shot in crisp digital photography with a sound track of extraordinary aptness and variety: Handel, Benny Goodman, Brahms, Salvador Bacarisse, the Spinners, Mahler, Peggy Lee.

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  • But quality as a poem and aptness for a huge public event are two different things.

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  • One pleasure in the rereading of Marx is to savor the trenchancy and aptness of his literary allusions.

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  • One pleasure in the rereading of Marx is to savor the trenchancy and aptness of his literary allusions.

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  • Davies punctuates his collage of exquisitely selected archival footage and a few contemporary scenes shot in crisp digital photography with a sound track of extraordinary aptness and variety: Handel, Benny Goodman, Brahms, Salvador Bacarisse, the Spinners, Mahler, Peggy Lee.

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