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apt

[apt] /æpt/
adjective
1.
inclined; disposed; given; prone:
too apt to slander others.
2.
likely:
Am I apt to find him at home?
3.
unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily:
an apt pupil.
4.
suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate:
an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace.
5.
Archaic. prepared; ready; willing.
Origin of apt
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin aptus fastened, fitted, fitting, appropriate, equivalent to ap- fasten, attach + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
aptly, adverb
aptness, noun
overapt, adjective
overaptly, adverb
overaptness, noun
Can be confused
apt, likely (see synonym study at the current entry; see usage note at likely)
Synonyms
1. liable. 2. See likely. 3. clever, bright; adaptable; handy, adroit, dexterous, skillful. 4. fitting, meet, germane, felicitous. Apt, pertinent, relevant all refer to something suitable or fitting. Apt means to the point and particularly appropriate: an apt comment. Pertinent means pertaining to the matter in hand: a pertinent remark. Relevant means directly related to and important to the subject: a relevant opinion.
Usage note
Some usage guides insist that apt followed by an infinitive can or should be used to mean only “inclined, disposed”: He is apt to ignore matters he regards as unimportant. In fact, apt is standard in all varieties of speech and writing as a synonym for likely in contexts that suggest probability without any implication of a natural disposition toward: Hostilities are apt to break out if the confrontation is not soon resolved. She is apt to arrive almost any time now. See also liable.
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Examples from the Web for aptest
Historical Examples
  • I have persuaded the army that the monarchy is the aptest form of government for this country.

    Oliver Cromwell John Drinkwater
  • In any case oil has ever been regarded as the aptest symbol and vehicle of the holy and illuminating spirit.

  • Where he wished to learn he was the aptest pupil, and from the days of the tobacco-field he had longed for this smooth lustre.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • If they use such a quality of diet and physic, as is aptest for the altering of those bodily distempers, which are the cause.

  • A graveyard with its humble crosses would be the aptest symbol of the future.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • That state is most fortunate in its form of government which has the aptest instruments for the discovery of laws.

  • Naturally and without the least effort the aptest words sprang to his lips in perfect order and sequence.

  • He had the most winning tongue, and the aptest spirit in the world to divine the natural inclinations of those he consorted with.

    Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton
  • He will seek the fittest words, the aptest phrases, the most biting repartees from ordinary language.

  • The Political Justice found in Wordsworth the aptest soil for germination; it rooted and grew rapidly.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
British Dictionary definitions for aptest

apt

/æpt/
adjective
1.
suitable for the circumstance or purpose; appropriate
2.
(postpositive; foll by an infinitive) having a tendency (to behave as specified)
3.
having the ability to learn and understand easily; clever (esp in the phrase an apt pupil)
Derived Forms
aptly, adverb
aptness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin aptus fitting, suitable, from apere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for aptest

apt

adj.

mid-14c., "inclined, disposed;" late 14c., "suited, fitted, adapted," from Old French ate (13c., Modern French apte), or directly from Latin aptus "fit, suited," adjectival use of past participle of *apere "to attach, join, tie to," from PIE root *ap- "to grasp, take, reach" (cf. Sanskrit apnoti "he reaches," Latin apisci "to reach after, attain," Hittite epmi "I seize"). Elliptical sense of "becoming, appropriate" is from 1560s.

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Related Abbreviations for aptest

APT

1.
admissions per thousand
2.
advanced personnel testing
3.
apartment
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