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in·ept

inept

 
 
pronunciation:
In ept
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lacking skill or aptitude; incompetent.
I don't like the thought of firing him, but he's truly inept at the job.
synonyms:
incompetent, ineffective, maladroit, unskilled
antonyms:
able, adept, adroit, apt, competent, dexterous, gifted, handy, masterful, skillful
similar words:
awkward, bungling, inefficient, ungainly
definition 2: not suitable; out of place; clumsy.
synonyms:
clumsy, inappropriate
antonyms:
apropos
similar words:
graceless, improper, maladroit, unseemly, unsuitable
definition 3: not sensible or reasonable; silly; foolish.
synonyms:
foolish, senseless, silly, stupid
similar words:
absurd, asinine, mad, pointless
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)inept comically, completely, equally, frequently, hopelessly, incredibly, merely, most, occasionally, physically, politically, rather, remarkably, socially, somewhat, totally, woefully
(adj.)inept + adverb bad
(adj.)inept + noun academic, agent, antic, attempt, baseball, critic, handling, hunter, investigation, leadership, management, manager, police, policy, politician, procedure, prosecution, response, terrorist
derivations: ineptly (adv.), ineptitude (n.), ineptness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word inept contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
apt, ept Latin root that means fit for
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