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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.
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.
The way the Calais crisis has been allowed to escalate is a sure indication of the ineptness of the authorities.
This is beginning to be borne out by the ineptness of the incumbent Labour government of Wales.
Far from showing Durham County Council to be council of the year, you have shown that there is an inherent ineptness within the council that is costing the public purse millions of pounds.
It may take longer to pay the debt off and more interest may be paid but surely this would suit lenders who get more in the long run and ordinary people who wouldn't have to suffer so much for the greed and ineptness of those responsible for the debt.
Undermining the confidence of victims in an official inquiry before its first hearing is turning ineptness into her political trademark.
He is appearing alongside Ivan Brackenbury, whose trademark ineptness as a hospital DJ has audiences in stitches.
Answering a question, he defended peaceful agitation against ineptness of government(s) as the political and legal right of political parties, and stressed on an effective Election Commission by adhering to articles 62-68; while replying to yet another question, he strongly denied any underground moves by JI, and said that his party wanted to work with governing powers, legitimately and transparently.
Reproaching the police for its ineptness and delay in doing its job, the court questioned, " If you are unable to give a postmortem report after so many days in a fast- tracked case like this, what would be the status of other cases?
LAHORE -- The Punjab government has attributed Rawalpindi tragedy to such collective factors, as administrative ineptness and sluggishness, a vengeful move, and a grisly act of terrorism.