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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 

INEPT (adjective)

Sense 1inept [BACK TO TOP]


Not elegant or graceful in expression


inapt; ill-chosen; inept; cumbersome; clumsy; awkward

Context examples:

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 2inept [BACK TO TOP]


Generally incompetent and ineffectual


feckless; inept

Context examples:

feckless attempts to repair the plumbing / inept handling of the account


incompetent (not qualified or suited for a purpose)

Sense 3inept [BACK TO TOP]


Revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse


tactless; inept

Context examples:

an inept remark / it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable


maladroit (not adroit)

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