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 aptitudebent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability.
a family with an artistic benttalent 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
Examples of aptitude in a Sentence
The new test is supposed to measure the aptitudes of the students.
bored teenagers with an aptitude for getting into trouble
Recent Examples on the WebThe dogs come in handy, as does Chase’s own rusty but formidable aptitude for violence, when the government catches up to him and dispatches an assassin to his lovely suburban home.
Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 Harlow’s music seems to be powered more by simulation of stardom than aptitude, and his craft is without a distinctive style.
Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 Yes, technology teams need a certain level of tech know-how, but more than ever, attitude is taking over from aptitude.
Pete Hanlon, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Clive demonstrated a penchant and aptitude for electronics early on, designing radio components as a teenager.
Steve Lohr, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Recruit for aptitude and attitude, not just experience.
Forrester, Forbes, 8 June 2022 There is an age-old debate between what matters more for progress: nature (inherent talent, aptitude, and temperament) or nurture (environment and learned behavior).
Outside Online, 14 July 2021 If not this year, Gauff has shown the kind of aptitude on clay to win in Paris at some point in her career.
Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Indeed, no other aspect of human aptitude has been researched more widely.
Tomas Chamorro-premuzic, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 See More
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aptitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Middle English, "tendency, likelihood," borrowed from Medieval Latin aptitūdō, going back to Late Latin, "fitness," from Latin aptus "fastened, prepared, suitable, fitting" + -i--i- + -tūdō-tude — more at apt entry 1