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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Chicago should be thankful for the N.F.C. East, as without that division’s ineptitude, people would probably be focusing on the Bears’ making the playoffs without a winning record. New York Times, "What We Learned From Week 17 of the N.F.L. Season," 3 Jan. 2021 November’s election had only minor problems even with the pandemic, perhaps burying the state’s reputation for voting ineptitude forever. Terry Spencer,, "Florida’s year was dominated by COVID-19 crisis, Trump’s election victory," 30 Dec. 2020 The loss was the worst in Chargers’ franchise history amid a flurry of ineptitude on special teams, clock management and play-calling. oregonlive, "Chargers will retain coach Anthony Lynn through the end of the season: Report," 8 Dec. 2020 That's not only because of Trump's personal ineptitude. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Trump fails to redraw politics' battle lines," 29 Dec. 2020 Ironically, federal ineptitude at containing SARS‑CoV‑2 helped too. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 How will the conference correct their gross ineptitude? oregonlive, "Canzano: Monday Mailbag all-in on Oregon State’s football victory over Oregon Ducks," 30 Nov. 2020 But Tampa Bay's defensive collapse was at least equally as shocking as the offense's ineptitude in Sunday's 35-point unraveling. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Who is NFC's No. 1 contender following losses by Buccaneers, Seahawks?," 10 Nov. 2020 Cooper sidestepped an overwrought impression, recognizing that Trump’s verbalized ineptitude is funny on its own, in a bitterly depressing way. Washington Post, "It’s time for Sarah Cooper to ditch the Trump lip-syncing," 28 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ineptitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ineptitude

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ineptitude

Latin ineptitudo, from ineptus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ineptitude

Time Traveler for ineptitude

Time Traveler

The first known use of ineptitude was in 1615

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ineptitude

Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Ineptitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ineptitude


How to pronounce ineptitude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

More from Merriam-Webster on ineptitude

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for ineptitude

Nglish: Translation of ineptitude for Spanish Speakers

Comments on ineptitude

What made you want to look up ineptitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!