AskDefine | Define inept

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inept adj
1 not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?" [syn: awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, ill-chosen]
2 generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account" [syn: feckless]
3 revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; "an inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable" [syn: tactless]

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English

Etymology

From inepte.

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Adjective

  1. not able to do something; not proficient; displaying incompetence

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