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Dictionary entry overview: What does inept mean?
• INEPT (adjective)
The adjective INEPT has 3 senses:
1. not elegant or graceful in expression
2. generally incompetent and ineffectual
3. revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse
Familiarity information: INEPT used as an adjective is uncommon.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||inept [BACK TO TOP]|
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?
infelicitous (not appropriate in application; defective)
|Sense 2||inept [BACK TO TOP]|
Generally incompetent and ineffectual
feckless attempts to repair the plumbing / inept handling of the account
incompetent (not qualified or suited for a purpose)
|Sense 3||inept [BACK TO TOP]|
Revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse
an inept remark / it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable
maladroit (not adroit)
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