aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ˈap-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of aptitude

  1. 1a :  inclination, tendency an aptitude for hard workb :  a natural ability :  talent an aptitude for gymnastics

  2. 2 :  capacity for learning an aptitude for languages

  3. 3 :  general suitability :  aptness

aptitudinal

play \ˌap-tə-ˈtü-dən-əl, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

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

Origin and Etymology of aptitude

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


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

APTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

aptitude

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noun ap·ti·tude \ˈap-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

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. 1 :  natural ability :  talent He has an aptitude for music.

  2. 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

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



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