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 Much of this bureaucratic ineptitude predates the pandemic. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 While interviewing Bolton on The Late Show Tuesday night about his time in the White House and the numerous accusations of ineptitude against President Donald Trump, Colbert did not hold back in prodding Bolton about his logic and morals. Nick Romano,, "Stephen Colbert doesn't pull punches with John Bolton: 'How could you be naive?'," 24 June 2020 The internet was overflowing with news of the global variety: prospects for a vaccine, testing shortages, government ineptitude. Chris Colin, Wired, "News at 11: Kid Reporters Tackle the Coronavirus," 18 June 2020 And after one effort botched by procedural ineptitude, Trump’s administration would be better prepared next time. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: DACA court decision was a major gift to Biden," 20 June 2020 Human noncompliance, ineptitude, and weakness could be managed with external controls. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 More than 113,000 Americans have died and millions have lost their jobs all because Donald Trump has been hiding in his bunker and leaving the American people to grapple with his ineptitude. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Trump's convention speech will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, RNC declares," 12 June 2020 The collaboration is what makes it—a legacy figure in the field of elite ineptitude, delivering the old egregiousness in a style optimized for the vacuous new avatar of elite incompetence. David Roth, The New Republic, "American Psycho," 9 June 2020 My ineptitude at catching coyotes only drives that feeling home. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Camping Skills," 5 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Ineptitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

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