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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web However, in what became a theme for the Colts, Leonard's impact was negated by the Colts' ineptitude on offense. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "D. Leonard being D. Leonard: Darius Leonard breaks out despite Colts loss," 11 Nov. 2019 But the Lions' offense also went through long stretches of ineptitude behind its backup. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions-Bears grades: Jeff Driskel ho-hum in starting role, defense remains stagnant," 11 Nov. 2019 Golden State no longer has the offensive firepower to overcome such defensive ineptitude. Connor Letourneau,, "Porous defense dooms Warriors against Utah as they lose fourth straight," 11 Nov. 2019 Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was forthright about the team’s ineptitude running the football through eight games. Tyler Dragon,, "Cincinnati Bengals 'frustrated' over inability to run the football," 4 Nov. 2019 That one inning typified the Nationals’ complete dominance in the series … and also the Cardinals’ relative ineptitude. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Nationals sweep Cardinals in NLCS, reach first World Series in franchise history," 15 Oct. 2019 This ineptitude should provide for a perfect storm for Fournette who has yet to have a breakout game. Dr. Roto,, "Week 4 Visionary Plays: Bold Fantasy and DFS Predictions," 27 Sep. 2019 New Orleans and Baltimore, both faced with scathing reports that revealed bias and ineptitude, added new investigators to reduce crushing caseloads., "Disposition of 753 felony sex crimes reported in 2015," 27 Sep. 2019 Mariota was sacked nine times and the Tennessee Titans’ offense produced an ugly display of ineptitude during their 20-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 3 game. oregonlive, "Calls for benching Marcus Mariota grow louder after Tennessee Titans’ disastrous loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of ineptitude was in 1615

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English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

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