in·​apt | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnapt How to pronounce inapt (audio) \

Definition of inapt

: not apt:
a : not suitable an inapt analogy
b : inept

Other Words from inapt

inaptly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnap(t)-​lē How to pronounce inapt (audio) \ adverb
inaptness \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnapt-​nəs How to pronounce inapt (audio) \ noun

Examples of inapt in a Sentence

an inapt but well-meaning attempt to inject some humor into the proceedings a recruit who was utterly inapt for most soldierly duties, so he spent most of his time playing in the army band
Recent Examples on the Web And the insurgency scenario is based on an inapt analogy. Zalmay Khalilzad, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Sutton and Crystal makes an inapt #MeToo comparison; Lisa remains inappropriately upbeat and Garcelle remains one of the only people in all of L.A. county with any integrity. Mary Sollosi,, 3 Sep. 2021 Other stories on denial rest on inapt statistics about Americans who have questions about the pandemic’s origins. Jacob Hale Russell, STAT, 23 Dec. 2020 Even our language, our concepts, are inapt tools, artifacts of our previous reality. Charles Yu, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2020 Facebook is an especially inapt scapegoat for the besetting uncertainties of our age. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2018 To the few hundred American oddballs who draw funny pictures for a living, there’s never been a more hilariously inapt portrait of a cartoon professional than the one described above, inked by the great B. Kliban late in his career. Garry Trudeau, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2017 Ultimately, Kwok suggests, the Lego comparison may be inapt, partly because parts don’t always fit together well in cells and may integrate into them in unpredictable ways. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, 3 Apr. 2017 Anyway, improbably enough, my garden box sits right in the center of the yard, like an unburied casket — not an entirely inapt metaphor considering my morbid agricultural past. Geoff Kirsch, Alaska Dispatch News, 29 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of inapt

circa 1670, in the meaning defined above

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“Inapt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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