in·​ep·​ti·​tude (ˌ)i-ˈnep-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce ineptitude (audio)
: the quality or state of being inept
especially : incompetence

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Latin ineptitudo, from ineptus

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ineptitude was in 1615

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“Ineptitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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