in·ep·ti·tude | \(ˌ)i-ˈnep-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of ineptitude 

: the quality or state of being inept especially : incompetence

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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

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Cleveland's Bullpen Blues By Tom Verducci One of the most surprising developments of this baseball season has been the ineptitude of the Cleveland Indians bullpen. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 Commuter-rail projects are outside Byford’s ambit, but the M.T.A.’s ineptitude, or worse, on large projects saps the credibility of everyone working under its aegis. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 His offense's initial ineptitude left him in line for a loss. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa's walkoff single in 12th inning lifts Astros over Royals," 23 June 2018 The complaint exposes how the authority neglected basic repairs and upkeep while taking active steps to deceive inspectors and cover up its ineptitude and wrongdoing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "America’s Progressive Slumlord," 14 June 2018 Here is a damning tale of treason that succeeded largely thanks to bureaucratic ineptitude. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 Daniel was over in the corner kind of giggling through this and laughing at my ineptitude. Nina Metz,, "My worst moment: 'Westworld's' Jeffrey Wright and a last-minute schedule change," 22 May 2018 The Brewers tacked on two more runs in the third thanks mostly to some rare St. Louis ineptitude. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 11, Cardinals 3: Everything comes together in this one," 21 June 2018 Yet somehow, in a display of offensive ineptitude that almost defies belief, the Mets have won just two of those games. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Unluckiest Pitcher: Jacob deGrom," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

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