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aptitude

[ap-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈæp tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent:
She has a special aptitude for mathematics.
2.
readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence:
He was placed in honors classes because of his general aptitude.
3.
the state or quality of being apt; special fitness.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin aptitūdō. See apt, -i-, -tude
Related forms
aptitudinal, adjective
aptitudinally, adverb
preaptitude, noun
Synonyms
1. predilection, proclivity, bent, gift, faculty. 2. acumen. 3. appropriateness.
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British Dictionary definitions for aptitudinal

aptitude

/ˈæptɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
inherent or acquired ability
2.
ease in learning or understanding; intelligence
3.
the condition or quality of being apt
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Late Latin aptitūdō, from Latin aptusapt
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Word Origin and History for aptitudinal
aptitude
1540s, "quality of being fit for a purpose or position," from L.L. aptitudo (gen. aptitudinis) "fitness," noun of quality from L. aptus "joined, fitted" (see apt).
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