Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not suitable or appropriate.
  • adj. Not likely or liable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not apt, inappropriate, unsuited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inapt; slow; dull.
  • adj. Unsuitable; unfit; inappropriate.
  • adj. Not accustomed and not likely; not disposed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not apt; not ready or inclined.
  • Dull; not ready to learn: same as inapt, 2.
  • Unfit; inappropriate; unsuitable; not qualified; not disposed.

Etymologies

un- +‎ apt (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The assistants, especially the English servants of Margaret, gazed on them both with respect and wonder, and the elder cavalier, in particular, seemed to them no unapt representative of the faithful subjects of England, paying their last duty at the tomb of her who had so long swayed the sceptre, if not faultlessly, yet always with a bold and resolved hand.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The pigmy majesty of the captain of the fairy band had no unapt representative in Miss Digges, whose modesty was not so great an intruder as to prevent her desire to present him in all his dignity, and she moved, conscious of the graceful turn of a pretty ankle, which, encircled with a string of pearls, and clothed in flesh-coloured silk, of the most cobweb texture, rose above the crimson sandal.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Rove's implacable equanimity as the pink-inside SFan seizes attention, again, in an hilariously unapt attempt at a citizen's arrest.

    "Beware the long arm of Butt-Head."

  • The severity of judgement, they say, makes men censorious and unapt to pardon the errors and infirmities of other men: and on the other side, celerity of fancy makes the thoughts less steady than is necessary to discern exactly between right and wrong.

    Leviathan

  • Frugality, though in poor men a virtue, maketh a man unapt to achieve such actions as require the strength of many men at once: for it weakeneth their endeavour, which to be nourished and kept in vigour by reward.

    Leviathan

  • And although this phantasy of ours be a subordinate faculty to reason, and should be ruled by it, yet in many men, through inward or outward distemperatures, defect of organs, which are unapt, or otherwise contaminated, it is likewise unapt, or hindered, and hurt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • That of body is nothing but a kind of benumbing laziness, intermitting exercise, which, if we may believe [1547] Fernelius, causeth crudities, obstructions, excremental humours, quencheth the natural heat, dulls the spirits, and makes them unapt to do any thing whatsoever.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Moreover they are apt to mistake, amplify, too credulous sometimes, too full of hope and confidence, and then again very jealous, unapt to believe or entertain any good news.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Guicciardini, a man most unapt to believe lies, relates how that Ferdinand his father's ghost who before had died for grief, came and told him, that he could not resist the

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Inconstant they are in all their actions, vertiginous, restless, unapt to resolve of any business, they will and will not, persuaded to and fro upon every small occasion, or word spoken: and yet if once they be resolved, obstinate, hard to be reconciled.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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  • "The veins unfill'd, our blood is cold, and then
    We pout upon the morning, are unapt
    To give or to forgive..."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009