un·​apt | \ ˌən-ˈapt How to pronounce unapt (audio) \

Definition of unapt

1 : inappropriate, unsuitable an unapt quote
2 : not accustomed and not likely a teacher unapt to tolerate carelessness
3 : dull, backward unapt scholars

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Other Words from unapt

unaptly \ ˌən-​ˈap(t)-​lē How to pronounce unaptly (audio) \ adverb
unaptness \ ˌən-​ˈap(t)-​nəs How to pronounce unaptness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unapt in a Sentence

has a knack for saying the most unapt things at the worst possible moments at this point an admission of guilt from him would be most unapt

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This nickname would - to say the very least - prove to be unapt, as Bonetti would ironically resemble another family pet during the quarter finals: a dog, haplessly chasing after the ball in his penalty area with catastrophic consequences. SI.com, "On This Day: 14th June - England Succumb to West Germany in Classic Quarter Final," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of unapt

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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