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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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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
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References in classic literature ?
Today has been a day of folly, stupidity, and ineptness. The time is now eleven o'clock in the evening, and I am sitting in my room and thinking.
If these two noticed Angel's growing social ineptness, he noticed their growing mental limitations.
"This is all because of what can be termed as government's ineptness and lack of foresight thinking.
Binay's, the allegations of corruption thrown at him, and Roxas' burden, his supposed incompetence and ineptness.
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The department possessed 3-months of revenues in account, in the entire history of the department; while being run by the very MD (Asad) charged with ineptness.
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But it would take epic ineptness not to beat Bolton today and that's why bookies Sky Bet will be trembling.
One reason for the phenomenon may be that mathematical ineptness is socially acceptable in many circles.
The film is particularly good in showing the ineptness of the American intelligence services who knew an attack was coming but failed to warn their fleet and the moral dilemmas in the Japanese political hierarchy over the attack.
Like Smith, he is troubled by the president's ineptness, but his major criticism is that Carter failed to see or use human rights as a weapon against communism.
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