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

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Thanks to multiple layers of fear, loathing and ineptitude by our political Ham & Eggers and hash-slinging Fredo Spanos & Sons, San Diegans seemed tired with the whole sporting scene — and worse, apathetic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Machado signing continues to pay off for Padres, San Diego," 10 July 2019 While ticket sales have been disappointing, to put it mildly, that was the result of FIFA and the local organizers’ ineptitude or indifference, who claimed in multiple instances that games were sold out or close to it when neither was the case. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why U.S.-France World Cup match is biggest game in women's soccer history," 27 June 2019 Seattle's defensive ineptitude gave Milwaukee its only lead of the game in the first when, after a two-out double by Braun off Marco Gonzales, third baseman Kyle Seager clanked a routine ground ball off the bat of Mike Moustakas. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 8, Brewers 3: More struggles for Zach Davies, and against the American League," 25 June 2019 The blast killed 13 people, wrecked the island’s main power station and sparked weeks of protests calling for Mr. Christofias to resign over his administration’s perceived ineptitude. Menelaos Hadjicostis,, "Dimitris Christofias, ex-president of Cyprus, dies at 72," 21 June 2019 But the blundering ineptitude on show in Westminster might well create more intense concerns between now and March, and a better buying opportunity. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "When to Pounce on a Brexit Buying Opportunity," 18 Dec. 2018 Flint’s exposure of government ineptitude continues to linger. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 The Past: The information warfare of 2016 didn't just expose the ineptitude of social media platforms to identify and ferret out political propaganda injected by foreign powers. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 The gymnastics federation’s failure to safeguard young girls was graver than financial instability or ineptitude on the playing field, which were reasons the Olympic committee used to decertify other governing bodies. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Who Has U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Back at This Point? The U.S.O.C., for Some Reason," 19 Jan. 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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