inept

[in-ept, ih-nept]
adjective
1.
without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
2.
generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.
3.
inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.
4.
absurd or foolish: an inept remark.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin ineptus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -eptus, combining form of aptus apt

ineptly, adverb
ineptness, noun

inapt, inept, unapt.


1. unskillful, bungling. 4. stupid, pointless, inane.


1. suited.
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inept (ɪnˈɛpt)
 
adj
1.  awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
2.  not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place
 
[C17: from Latin ineptus, from in-1 + aptus fitting, suitable]
 
in'eptitude
 
n
 
in'eptly
 
adv
 
in'eptness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

inept
c.1600, from Fr. inepte (14c.), from L. ineptus "unsuitable, improper, tactless," from in- "not" + aptus "apt" (see apt).
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Example sentences
The film portrays that experiment as a colossal failure, ineptly carried out
  and steeped in corruption.
Whether it is filled ineptly or skillfully was, for him, the vital question.
They're either brilliantly inept or ineptly malicious.
It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
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