adjective in·ept \i-ˈnept\

: lacking skill or ability

: showing a lack of skill or ability : not done well

Full Definition of INEPT

:  lacking in fitness or aptitude :  unfit <inept at sports>
:  lacking sense or reason :  foolish
:  not suitable to the time, place, or occasion :  inappropriate often to an absurd degree <an inept metaphor>
:  generally incompetent :  bungling <inept leadership>
in·ept·ly \-ˈnep(t)-lē\ adverb
in·ept·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of INEPT

  1. He was completely inept at sports.
  2. He made an inept attempt to apologize.
  3. Not only does the post have a narrow mandate, covering such sexy subjects as nuclear waste and solar energy, but the secretary presides over the most inept bureaucrats in the land. —Franklin Foer, New Republic, 3 July 2000

Origin of INEPT

Middle French inepte, from Latin ineptus, from in- + aptus apt
First Known Use: 1542


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