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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.
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
how ineptly cometh the word "virtue" out of their mouth!
Put simply, this original Filipino musical about a gender-fluid man who discovers he has HIV is carelessly written, poorly thought-out and ineptly staged.
"With no real constituency, Duterte Youth, a bogus partylist, benefited from ineptly rigged elections at the expense of our vote and our choice," the Kabataan stated.
A robot can repeatedly pick up a component on an assembly line with amazing precision and without ever getting bored--but move the object half an inch, or replace it with something slightly different, and the machine will fumble ineptly or paw at thin air.
Synopsis: Wisecracking, ineptly lustful Hayden is the disgruntled proofreading coordinator at a large San Francisco leasing company.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Oct 12 (ANI): Sussanne Khan feels that the #MeToo movement in India is being ineptly used by women.
prayed ineptly for the empty church, for the flies.
'We are particularly disappointed and gravely concerned that one of the components of the tripod upon which the President rode to power in the 2015 general elections, which is the security of lives and properties, have become so grossly and ineptly managed to the extent that killer herdsmen, bandits and blood thirsty invaders could go on a killing spree in northern Nigeria, killing helpless Nigerians in the aforementioned states with sophisticated weapons in broad day light for more than 6 hours without response from any of the security agencies in the country.
Water sustainability is ineptly considered a resource problem and countless reasons are presented for the absence of major water reservoirs.
The ad appeared to be ineptly trying to poke fun at an inflammatory statement by a lawmakers who urged women not to have sex with foreign fans.
"[Trump communicates] so ineptly that it seems he has mistaken the political arena for vegetable market bargaining.
'Illegal immigrants' whose only 'crime' is not being in possession of valid documents, are very often simply victims of a poorly conceived and ineptly implemented system.