in·​ep·​ti·​tude | \(ˌ)i-ˈnep-tə-ˌtüd, -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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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 His bravado and ineptitude as a killer fit in nicely with the two girls' dead-on and deadpan performances. Michael Heaton,, "'Thoroughbreds' is a hard-charging dark comedy (review)," 3 Jan. 2018 There’s obviously a lot of anger and frustration here toward the US government at the moment—along with side effects like bottled rage and sometimes a creeping sense of ineptitude or impotence about our ability to do anything about it. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova On Her New Guide To Activism, Raising The Next President Of Russia, And Her "Holy War" On Fairy Tales," 12 Oct. 2018 Until then, a gutty defense and some inconsistent play by second-year Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky helped keep Seattle in the game despite the offensive ineptitude. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks flop in Chicago and lose to Bears on Monday Night Football behind anemic offense," 17 Sep. 2018 Photo: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images That doesn’t even come close to the gap between the Red Sox and Orioles this year, the result of a perfect combination of dominance and downright ineptitude. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Red Sox Are on a Record Pace. Unfortunately, So Are the Orioles.," 21 Aug. 2018 Detroit teams have won plenty of other championships to compensate for the Lions’ ineptitude, but there's a generation of Detroit football fans who haven’t seen a playoff win in their lifetimes. Greg Rajan, Houston Chronicle, "Four cities, no Super Bowls: Who's got it the worst?," 25 Jan. 2018 Cleveland's Bullpen Blues By Tom Verducci One of the most surprising developments of this baseball season has been the ineptitude of the Cleveland Indians bullpen. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 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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