inapt (adj.) 1744, from IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not, opposite of" + APT (Cf. apt). Related: Inaptly; inaptness.

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  • inapt — INÁPT, Ă, inapţi, te, adj. Nepotrivit pentru o anumită sarcină, slujbă etc.; lipsit de putere, de forţa (fizică) de a face ceva. – Din fr. inapte. Trimis de valeriu, 08.11.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Inapt ≠ apt, capabil Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • inapt — inapt, inept These two words are often confused because they overlap in their basic meanings ‘inappropriate, unsuitable’ and ‘unskilful’. Inapt tends to mean rather the first of these, and applies only to actions and circumstances, whereas inept… …   Modern English usage

  • Inapt — In*apt , a. [Pref. in not + apt: cf. F. inapte. Cf. {Inept}.] Unapt; not apt; unsuitable; inept. {In*apt ly}, adv. {In*apt ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inapt — I adjective at variance, clashing, discordant, discrepant, disproportionate, dissonant, ill adapted, ill suited, ill timed, impolitic, improper, inaccordant, inadmissible, inadvisable, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, incompatible,… …   Law dictionary

  • inapt — unhappy, infelicitous, inappropriate, unfitting, unsuitable, improper, *unfit Analogous words: inept, maladroit, gauche, *awkward, clumsy: banal, flat, jejune, insipid Antonyms: apt Contrasted words: happy, felicitous, appropriate (see FIT):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inapt — [adj] incompetent; not suitable awkward, banal, clumsy, dull, flat, gauche, ill adapted, ill fitted, ill suited, improper, inadept, inapposite, inappropriate, incongruous, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, infelicitous, insipid, jejune, maladroit,… …   New thesaurus

  • inapt — [in apt′] adj. 1. not apt; not suitable; inappropriate 2. lacking skill or aptitude; inept inaptitude [inap′tə to͞od΄, in ap′tətyo͞od΄] n. inaptly adv. inaptness n …   English World dictionary

  • inapt — in|apt [ınˈæpt] adj formal an inapt phrase, statement etc is not right for a particular situation →↑inept ▪ a very inapt comment >inaptly adv >inaptness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inapt — adjective formal an inapt phrase, statement etc is not right for a particular situation: a very inapt comment compare inept inaptly adverb inaptness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • inapt — adjective Date: circa 1670 not apt: a. not suitable < an inapt analogy > b. inept • inaptly adverb • inaptness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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