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 Yet Sunday was one of those nights, a brutal 34-14 season-opening loss defined by defensive ineptitude. Dan Wiederer,, 13 Sep. 2021 But plenty of guests accept invitations repeatedly with no intention of responding in kind, or justify it with flimsy excuses of culinary ineptitude or lack of adequate space. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Generally, the show prefers putting its overzealous officers and their passionate ineptitude on a pedestal. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 The ineptitude on display has been alarming, even for those of us who expected early struggles because of so many new faces, injuries and absences of key players. Star Tribune, 26 Sep. 2020 Instead, Hooks referred the case to a different judge for consideration of appointing a special prosecutor, a request Maldonado ruled on in fiery terms last month, saying there was evidence of ineptitude at best and a criminal cover-up at worst. Megan Crepeau,, 28 July 2021 What happened in California highlights governmental ineptitude, leading to obvious criminal actions. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Every step of the way, when his incuriousness, ineptitude, corruption and cruelty endangered his presidency, Republicans stepped in to save him. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 July 2021 The body has a long and well-documented record of ineptitude that, because the city is largely Democratic and rarely under the spotlight in presidential elections, doesn't often catch the attention of out-of-state politicians or media. Gregory Krieg And Ethan Cohen, CNN, 30 June 2021

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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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17 Sep 2021

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“Ineptitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ineptitude

: a lack of skill or ability

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