inept

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inept \In*ept"\, adjective [L. ineptus; prefix. in- not + aptus apt, fit: cf. F. inepte. Cf. {Inapt}.]

1. Not apt or fit; unfit; unsuitable; improper; unbecoming.

The Aristotelian philosophy is inept for new discoveries. --Glanvill.

2. Silly; useless; nonsensical; absurd; foolish.

To view attention as a special act of intelligence, and to distinguish it from consciousness, is utterly inept. --Sir W. Hamilton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

inept

adjective

1: not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?" [syn: {awkward}, {clumsy}, {cumbersome}, {inapt}, {inept}, {ill-chosen}]

2: generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account" [syn: {feckless}, {inept}]

3: revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; "an inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable" [syn: {inept}, {tactless}]


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