from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack of talent or ability.
  • noun The quality or state of being inappropriate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of aptitude or adaptation; unsuitableness; unfitness.
  • noun Lack of readiness; unskilfulness; awkwardness; unhandiness: as, inaptitude in workmanship. See ineptitude.

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

  • noun Lack of aptitude.

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

  • noun ineptitude

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

  • noun a lack of aptitude


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  • While there seem to be more and more programs to encourage girls who are interested in the sciences in engineering, old attitudes about the aptitude (or more accurately, inaptitude) of women in technical fields seem to be a long time in dying.

    Reaching for the Stars

  • McPalin - Never fail to rise above their own heights of inaptitude, McLame makes W. look like Einstien in his prime.

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  • Certain people interpreted this as a sign of the inaptitude of the female brain in this field.

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  • His bold and free demeanour, his attachment to rich dress and decoration, his inaptitude to receive instruction, and his hardening himself against rebuke, were circumstances which induced the good old man, with more haste than charity, to set the forward page down as a vessel of wrath, and to presage that the youth nursed that pride and haughtiness of spirit which goes before ruin and destruction.

    The Abbot

  • Those nutjobs are notorious for protesting military, LGBT, and any funeral that they can attempt to pin some sort of moral inaptitude on.

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  • The problem is that it was not exercised because of inaptitude and an unbounded confidence that market participants could manage risk.

    Banking History Offers Lessons, but What Are They?

  • Loads of machismo and inaptitude results in hilarious moments caught on tape.

    Tough Guys |

  • Loads of machismo and inaptitude results in hilarious moments caught on tape.

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  • Though the head and hand of her husband were lacking in the direction of her affairs, for which she had hitherto shown the indifference of a Creole and the inaptitude of a lackadaisical woman, she was determined to make no change in her manner of living.

    A Marriage Contract

  • I often wondered how I had conceived that old idea of his inaptitude, until I was one day enlightened by the reflection, that perhaps the inaptitude had never been in him at all, but had been in me.

    Great Expectations


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