inapt


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inapt

unsuited; incapable; clumsy; inappropriate: His inapt response did not address the issue.
Not to be confused with:
inept – bungling; stupid; inane; foolish; unskillful: His inept handling of the ball cost them the game.
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in·apt

 (ĭn-ăpt′)
adj.
1. Inappropriate: an inapt remark.
2. Inept: inapt handling of the project.

in·apt′ly adv.
in·apt′ness n.
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inapt

(ɪnˈæpt)
adj
1. not apt or fitting; inappropriate
2. lacking skill; inept
inˈaptiˌtude, inˈaptness n
inˈaptly adv
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in•apt

(ɪnˈæpt)

adj.
1. not apt or fitting.
2. without aptitude or capacity.
[1735–45]
in•apt′ly, adv.
in•apt′ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inapt - not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
infelicitous - not appropriate in application; defective; "an infelicitous remark"; "infelicitous phrasing"; "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"
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inapt

adjective
2. Not suited to a given purpose:
3. Lacking the qualities, as efficiency or skill, required to produce desired results:
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Translations

inapt

[ɪnˈæpt] ADJ (= unsuitable) → poco idóneo; (= inapposite) → no pertinente
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inapt

adjungeschickt; comparisonunpassend
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inapt

[ɪnˈæpt] adj (remark, behaviour) → poco appropriato/a
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References in classic literature ?
Age and obesity had made her inapt for love, but she took a keen interest in the amatory affairs of the young.
Her defense was weak and inapt but she attained her object.
"What are you thinking of, Katharine?" he asked suspiciously, noticing her tone of dreaminess and the inapt words.
It was a sombre evening, with a lurid light in the sky; and as I saw the prospect scowling in the distance, with here and there some larger object starting up into the sullen glare, I fancied it was no inapt companion to the memory of this fierce woman.
Inapt query handling and fear of faulty products have also emerged as critical restraints by both users and non users of online shopping.
For this last area, techniques are recommended as liming, fertilization and irrigation (more installments) for inapt soils (Neosoil).
About Ado Much in inert, inept, inapt, entrap, earn, arena, characters all -Claudio Benedick, apparent, anti, ante, APPERTAIN Beatrice, C.
The lists are then combined and placed as a glossary at the end of the book, titled ' Dictionary'--an inapt heading because a dictionary contains a lot more information on its entries than a single word equivalent, and, in the case of nouns, a plural prefix, which is useful for the learner.
The gesture may not be inappropriate for Black American Barack Obama, a member of a vilified and persecuted race, but inapt for Hillary and The Donald, WASPs.
Roberts said it was "wholly inapt to liken that morally repugnant order to a facial neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission."
As it happens, the catchphrase is starting to look particularly inapt for the current campaign, especially if Catalans and Wakefield win this weekend (both games taking place after I wrote this column).
346.18(1) (2015-16)2the statutory subsection to which Wegner cites in support of his argumentis inapt, and we conclude that a roundabout effectively functions as an uncontrolled "T" intersection under 346.18(3m) for purposes of drivers yielding the right-of-way.