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inept

[in-ept, ih-nept] /ɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt/
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
1595-1605; < Latin ineptus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -eptus, combining form of aptus apt
Related forms
ineptly, adverb
ineptness, noun
Can be confused
inapt, inept, unapt.
Synonyms
1. unskillful, bungling. 4. stupid, pointless, inane.
Antonyms
1. suited.
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  • The film portrays that experiment as a colossal failure, ineptly carried out and steeped in corruption.
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  • They're either brilliantly inept or ineptly malicious.
  • It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
  • The gags are either obvious, lame, ineptly timed or repeated so many times as to render them devoid of humor.
  • Missing one of them or performing it ineptly can be costly.
  • All were played enthusiastically but generally ineptly.
  • Not that they do their jobs ineptly-what they have to do.
British Dictionary definitions for ineptly

inept

/ɪnˈɛpt/
adjective
1.
awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
2.
not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place
Derived Forms
ineptitude, noun
ineptly, adverb
ineptness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ineptus, from in-1 + aptus fitting, suitable
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Word Origin and History for ineptly

inept

adj.

c.1600, from Old French inepte (14c.) or directly from Latin ineptus "unsuitable, improper, absurd, awkward, silly, tactless," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + aptus "apt" (see apt). Related: Ineptly; ineptness.

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