noun \ˈap-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

: a natural ability to do something or to learn something

Full Definition of APTITUDE

a :  inclination, tendency <an aptitude for hard work>
b :  a natural ability :  talent
:  capacity for learning <an aptitude for languages>
:  general suitability :  aptness
ap·ti·tu·di·nal \ˌap-tə-ˈtü-dən-əl, -ˈtyü-\ adjective
ap·ti·tu·di·nal·ly adverb

Examples of APTITUDE

  1. The new test is supposed to measure the aptitudes of the students.
  2. <bored teenagers with an aptitude for getting into trouble>

Origin of APTITUDE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin aptitudo, from Late Latin, fitness, from Latin aptus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal


noun \ˈap-tə-ˌt(y)üd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of APTITUDE

: a natural or acquired capacity or ability; especially : a tendency, capacity, or inclination to learn or understand


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