aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ ˈap-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of aptitude

1 a :inclination, tendency
  • an aptitude for hard work
b :a natural ability :talent
  • an aptitude for gymnastics
2 :capacity for learning
  • an aptitude for languages
3 :general suitability :aptness

aptitudinal

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aptitudinally

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Examples of aptitude in a Sentence

  1. The new test is supposed to measure the aptitudes of the students.

  2. bored teenagers with an aptitude for getting into trouble

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Origin and Etymology of aptitude

Middle English, from Medieval Latin aptitudo, from Late Latin, fitness, from Latin aptus — see 1apt

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

APTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

aptitude

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Definition of aptitude for English Language Learners

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


APTITUDE Defined for Kids

aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ ˈap-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of aptitude for Students

1 :natural ability :talent
  • He has an aptitude for music.
2 :capacity to learn
  • a test of aptitude

Medical Dictionary

aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ ˈap-tə-ˌt(y)üd \

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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