Aptest



inclined; disposed; given; prone:
too apt to slander others.
likely:
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

I have persuaded the army that the monarchy is the aptest form of government for this country.
Oliver Cromwell John Drinkwater

In any case oil has ever been regarded as the aptest symbol and vehicle of the holy and illuminating spirit.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various

Where he wished to learn he was the aptest pupil, and from the days of the tobacco-field he had longed for this smooth lustre.
Lewis Rand Mary Johnston

If they use such a quality of diet and physic, as is aptest for the altering of those bodily distempers, which are the cause.
A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4) Richard Baxter

A graveyard with its humble crosses would be the aptest symbol of the future.
In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson

That state is most fortunate in its form of government which has the aptest instruments for the discovery of laws.
Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed. Calvin Coolidge

Naturally and without the least effort the aptest words sprang to his lips in perfect order and sequence.
Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland Joseph Tatlow

He had the most winning tongue, and the aptest spirit in the world to divine the natural inclinations of those he consorted with.
Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton

He will seek the fittest words, the aptest phrases, the most biting repartees from ordinary language.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

The Political Justice found in Wordsworth the aptest soil for germination; it rooted and grew rapidly.
More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford

adjective
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)
adj.

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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