[in-ept, ih-nept] /ɪnˈɛpt, ɪˈnɛpt/

without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit:
He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.
inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.
absurd or foolish:
an inept remark.
awkward, clumsy, or incompetent
not suitable, appropriate, or fitting; out of place

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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