inclined; disposed; given; prone:
too apt to slander others.
Am I apt to find him at home?
unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily:
an apt pupil.
suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate:
an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace.
Archaic. prepared; ready; willing.
Historical Examples

From the first day the child sat at his feet and became his disciple, Helose herself was not an apter pupil.
Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant

He is apter to say: “Do you carry your own, or will you try mine?”
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

A sated libertine, in a land where vice is legalized, could not expose his victim with apter words.
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 6 (of 20) Charles Sumner

The apter he is to smatter, the slower he is in making any advance in his pretences.
Character Writings of the 17th Century Various

I shall find myself slower to learn new lessons, and apter to forget the lessons I have learnt.
The Apology Xenophon

It had been apter to describe Coquelin as the French Jefferson.
Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson

You will be apter to abuse your inferiors than well to govern them.
A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) Richard Baxter

The announcement of Siemens and Wheatstone came at an apter time than Hjorth’s, and was more conspicuously made.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

I can in no apter way describe my employment from May of 1776 to July of the following year.
In the Valley Harold Frederic

As a schoolboy he appears to have been an apter pupil of Defoe than of the reverend headmaster of the Norwich academy.
George Borrow in East Anglia William A. Dutt

suitable for the circumstance or purpose; appropriate
(postpositive; foll by an infinitive) having a tendency (to behave as specified)
having the ability to learn and understand easily; clever (esp in the phrase an apt pupil)

mid-14c., “inclined, disposed;” late 14c., “suited, fitted, adapted,” from Old French ate (13c., Modern French apte), or directly from Latin aptus “fit, suited,” adjectival use of past participle of *apere “to attach, join, tie to,” from PIE root *ap- “to grasp, take, reach” (cf. Sanskrit apnoti “he reaches,” Latin apisci “to reach after, attain,” Hittite epmi “I seize”). Elliptical sense of “becoming, appropriate” is from 1560s.
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