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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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 Inept customs and immigration machinery The border closure is an implicit admission of the ineptitude and incompetence of Nigeria’s customs and immigration officers. Stephen Onyeiwu, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria needs a competent customs service, not border closure," 28 Oct. 2019 Gregg Williams’ group has been a bit overshadowed by the ineptitude of the offense, but the Jets have been respectable — especially considering how little help the defense has gotten from the other side of the ball. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Struggling Jets not pointing fingers despite 0-4 start," 7 Oct. 2019 Head coach Mike Bobo’s squad played to common themes in week four, namely offensive affluence and defensive ineptitude. Eddie Herz, The Denver Post, "The good, bad, ugly from CSU’s Ag Day heartbreaking loss to Toledo," 22 Sep. 2019 City’s fans reveled in the ineptitude of their club. Jonathan Wilson,, "Despite Recent Success, Manchester City Still Struggling With its Reputation," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of ineptitude was in 1615

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30 Nov 2019

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“Ineptitude.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

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