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1. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy: an inept actor; an inept performance.
2. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish: an inept remark.

[Latin ineptus : in-, not; see in-1 + aptus, suitable; see apt.]

in·ept′ly adv.
in·ept′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ineptness - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of trainingineptness - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
unskillfulness - a lack of cognitive skill
rustiness - ineptitude or awkwardness as a consequence of age or lack of practice; "his rustiness showed when he was asked to speed up"
2.ineptness - the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
inappropriateness, unworthiness - the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting; "he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"; "his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"
unfitness - the quality of not being suitable; "the judges agreed on his unfitness for the appointment"
inconvenience - the quality of not being useful or convenient
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
References in classic literature ?
Today has been a day of folly, stupidity, and ineptness.
If these two noticed Angel's growing social ineptness, he noticed their growing mental limitations.
Or if it has been discontinued, I urge Dominguez to pursue the intention because the easy monitoring of projects by any interested person is one effective deterrent to graft and corruption and ineptness.
Long queues at medical mission in holy Makkah, substandard food and insufficient transport facilities are seriously irking the pilgrims due to ineptness of ministry of religious affairs and nepotism.
He held it PML-N's ineptness to not repeal Article 62 and Article 63 of Constitution of Pakistan.
Rabbids are Minion-like creatures who are commonly characterized by their screaming and ineptness.
It seems unlikely it is Senator Brandis has executed this backflip without considerable pressure from his colleagues, who must now be as sick of his ineptness as Labor is.
Even militant groups like Daesh and Al-Qaeda also succeeded due to his regime's incompetence and ineptness.
Similarly, Hafizabad and most of the villages in the district was lashed by torrential rain on Saturday morning which made the weather pleasant but all the streets and roads have become muddy and filthy which exposed the ineptness, indifferent attitude and slackness of the TMA authorities.
She convinced the doctors she was insane, exposing the abuse of the patients and the ineptness of the physicians.
Also imploring factions to facilitate Tammam Salam's decision-making task, clerics regretted government ineptness in garbage disposal and attending to people's vital concerns.
Benitez said the ineptness of frontline agencies tasked to render swift aid to calamity victims "cannot be tolerated and therefore merits an investigation.