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.

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.

inapt

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

in•apt

(ɪnˈæpt)

adj.
1. not apt or fitting.
2. without aptitude or capacity.
[1735–45]
in•apt′ly, adv.
in•apt′ness, n.
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"

inapt

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

inapt

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

inapt

adjungeschickt; comparisonunpassend

inapt

[ɪnˈæpt] adj (remark, behaviour) → poco appropriato/a
References in classic literature ?
This region, which resembles one of the immeasurable steppes of Asia, has not inaptly been termed "the great American desert." It spreads forth into undulating and treeless plains, and desolate sandy wastes wearisome to the eye from their extent and monotony, and which are supposed by geologists to have formed the ancient floor of the ocean, countless ages since, when its primeval waves beat against the granite bases of the Rocky Mountains.
As she uttered this criticism, she glanced approvingly at her small mirror, as who should say, I thank my stars that can't be said of me!--as it certainly could not; for Miss Miggs's style of beauty was of that kind which Mr Tappertit himself had not inaptly termed, in private, 'scraggy.'
Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been termed, not inaptly, a monument of Chancery practice."
At this sudden and unexpected annunciation, a low, fierce yell ran through the multitude, that might not inaptly be compared to the growl of the lion, as his choler is first awakened--a fearful omen of the weight of his future anger.
Robert Southey (1774-1843), a voluminous writer of verse and prose who from his friendship with Wordsworth and Coleridge has been associated with them as third in what has been inaptly called 'The Lake School' of poets, was thought in his own day to be their equal; but time has relegated him to comparative obscurity.
I had not seen a coal fire, since I had left England three years ago: though many a wood fire had I watched, as it crumbled into hoary ashes, and mingled with the feathery heap upon the hearth, which not inaptly figured to me, in my despondency, my own dead hopes.
Newman was about to leave his place when he noticed in that obscure region devoted to the small boxes which in France are called, not inaptly, "bathing-tubs," a face which even the dim light and the distance could not make wholly indistinct.
Scott's effect on the pre-Civil War South was so profound that Virginia's official state historian said a half century after the war that "the South of 1860 might not be inaptly nicknamed Sir Walter Scottland." (36)
The inaptly named Los Angeles Lumber Products was a naval shipbuilder, and government regulations required naval shipbuilders to obtain surety bonds as a condition of bidding on government contracts.
Yet not only insofar as Zelenka is not the Czech Bach, as he has of late, rather inaptly, been labelled - just as Bach is not the German Zelenka - the respective extent to which their music is known starkly differs.
(202) Barbara Atwood treats this distinction as inaptly suggesting that "because state law controls in the domestic relations area, the federal courts are without power to entertain [such] cases." (203) Atwood argues that such a view would prove too much in that it would invalidate all jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship.
The inaptly named Equality Act (149) is co-sponsored by members of the Democrat caucus in the House of Representatives.