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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:
Adv.1.ineptly - with ineptitude; in an incompetent manner; "he performed his functions ineptly"
2.ineptly - in an infelicitous manner; "this function is ineptly left to a small voice"
References in classic literature ?
how ineptly cometh the word "virtue" out of their mouth
The painters MoAa[macron]se Kisling and Conrad Moricand applied plaster to Modigliani's face for a death mask, which they ineptly lifted too quickly, pulling off pieces of his skin and hair.
Speaking at a cyber-security summit in London last week, Hannigan said: "WannaCry was a reasonably sophisticated tool, used rather ineptly.
He introduces us to Harit, a middle-aged bachelor who ineptly works in a department store by day and dresses up in his deceased sister's sari at night.
RARELY has a Premier League title been defended quite as ineptly as Leicester City are managing this season.
Kelsey Grammer plays an engagingly dim-witted upper class toff who ineptly runs -- and ruins -- an old-fashioned and stately private bank in the freewheeling British comedy Breaking the Bank.
The movie's key characters include a little girl who had an ineptly undemonstrative dad, who later ironically turned out to be involved in the plague's origins.
In some cases the views may have been ineptly expressed, but they were motivated by a deep sense of injustice at what Israel and the West have done to the Palestinians and not by some neanderthal racist prejudice.
Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.
I'm beginning to fear for this relationship now," he insisted as blissfully contented Jamie and Manuela chugged ineptly around samey silly obstacle courses.
Having lived in the mob's playground, Friedman believes that society does not understand the gangster mind, and that mobsters are ineptly portrayed in movies and TV shows.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the committee had acted beyond its position, competence and responsibility by adopting a "hastily and ineptly prepared" draft resolution.