in·​ep·​ti·​tude | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnep-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce ineptitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of ineptitude

: the quality or state of being inept especially : incompetence

Examples of ineptitude in a Sentence

The team's poor play is being blamed on the ineptitude of the coaching staff. the nurse's ineptitude made it clear that she would be happier in a different line of work
Recent Examples on the Web NoHo Hank is enjoying a romantic relationship with a fellow criminal, as well as the opportunity to rebuild the gang without anyone who became aware of his cowardice and general ineptitude before Barry killed them. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 In a military campaign wracked by improperly-working weapons and general ineptitude, either seems possible. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2022 Nowhere has this political ineptitude been more in evidence than on border policy. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2022 That level of free-throw ineptitude tends to suggest a mental hang-up. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2022 The Cavaliers would go on to score 31 of the next 42 points, the latest chapter in the Lakers’ ineptitude to stare down adversity being written in real time. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Central banks can’t resist underwriting fiscal ineptitude. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Not sure how Bears fans could’ve survived 2021 without the channel to take their minds off the team’s weekly ineptitude. Paul Sullivan,, 31 Dec. 2021 Where one person may see ineptitude, someone else might see a plot. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ineptitude

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ineptitude

Latin ineptitudo, from ineptus

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20 May 2022

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

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