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aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ˈap-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Simple Definition of aptitude

  • : a natural ability to do something or to learn something

Full Definition of aptitude

  1. 1 a :  inclination, tendency <an aptitude for hard work> b :  a natural ability :  talent

  2. 2 :  capacity for learning <an aptitude for languages>

  3. 3 :  general suitability :  aptness

ap·ti·tu·di·nalplay \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

Synonym Discussion of aptitude

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

Medical Dictionary

aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ˈap-tə-ˌt(y)üd\

Medical Definition of aptitude

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





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