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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.]
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|Noun||1.||ineptness - 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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