: lacking sense or reason : foolish
: not suitable to the time, place, or occasion : inappropriate often to an absurd degree <an inept metaphor>
Examples of INEPT
- He was completely inept at sports.
- He made an inept attempt to apologize.
- 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
- The real hackers have an understanding of technology at a basic level. … The rest are talentless poseurs and hangers-on, either completely inept or basic criminals. —Bruce Schneier, Secrets & Lies, 2000
- To Cornelius, the White House travel office must have seemed—as it would have to any of the others who had served on the tight ship of the campaign's travel operation—an appallingly inept … operation. —Peter J. Boyer, New Yorker, 15 Apr. 1996
Origin of INEPT
Middle French inepte,
from Latin ineptus,
First Known Use: 1542
Related to INEPT
- inapt, incapable, incompetent, inexpert, unable, unfit, unfitted, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful
- able, capable, competent, expert, fit, qualified, skilled, skillful, ultracompetent
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