• WordNet 3.6
    • n aptitude inherent ability
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aptitude A general fitness or suitableness; adaptation. "That sociable and helpful aptitude which God implanted between man and woman."
    • Aptitude A natural or acquired disposition or capacity for a particular purpose, or tendency to a particular action or effect; as, oil has an aptitude to burn. "He seems to have had a peculiar aptitude for the management of irregular troops."
    • Aptitude Readiness in learning; docility; aptness. "He was a boy of remarkable aptitude ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aptitude The state or quality of being apt or fit for or suited to a purpose, place, or situation; fitness; suitableness.
    • n aptitude A natural tendency or acquired inclination; both capacity and propensity for a certain course: as, oil has an aptitude to burn; men acquire an aptitude to particular vices.
    • n aptitude Readiness in learning; teachableness; quickness to understand and acquire; intelligence; talent.
    • n aptitude Synonyms Faculty, Capacity, etc. See genius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aptitude apt′i-tūd fitness: tendency: readiness, teachableness, talent (with for).
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “It's your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.”
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    “Success is more attitude than aptitude.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aptitude, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus,. See Apt, and cf. Attitude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. aptitudo—L. apt-us.


In literature:

I had no aptitude for that, and munition workers of our sex were not called yet.
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
Nor are these claims and aptitudes merely imaginary and practically contemptible.
"Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy" by George Santayana
Nelson's analysis of the conditions, in other respects than the one mentioned, was not unworthy of his great natural aptitudes.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
The old man could not sufficiently admire the shrewd business-like aptitude shown by his son in their recent conference.
"The Argosy" by Various
They are men who have an aptitude for marshaling their fellow men.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
In one or two appearances it may be a good thing to keep in mind natural aptitude.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Through it all Marvell remained very much the man of letters, though one with a great natural aptitude for business.
"Andrew Marvell" by Augustine Birrell
Kamal is teaching her, and says she shows much aptitude in learning, but she does not understand other things.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
It is necessary, however, to take account of the combining or constructive aptitudes of the mind.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
Those who show aptitude and industry are then put tentatively into the General Staff.
"The Navy as a Fighting Machine" by Bradley A. Fiske

In poetry:

Wealth I had no talent for;
Lacked all aptitude for war;
Death at most might set me free;
Hearts were always trumps for me.
"Card Game" by A D Hope

In news:

Can An Hour-Long Aptitude Test Predict Startup Home Runs.
An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
It's a well-known and well-observed fact that my mechanical aptitude obviously drowned in the family gene pool somewhere along the line.
Mary Balkema has the skills, knowledge, aptitude, and work ethic to be re-elected as the best candidate for Kalamazoo County treasurer.
Teen marvels ditch angst for musical aptitude.
0 H arvard University President Lawrence H Summers recently issued his third apology for remarks suggesting that women might not possess the same aptitude in math and science as men.
In addition to being a writer for People magazine, Fred A Bernstein is involved with an organization called The Princeton Review, which tutors students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Irish freshman has aptitude and attitude .
A Purdue structural engineering graduate with an aptitude for the analytical, Ryan Newman will be putting his detail-oriented mind to use this season in the Sprint Cup Series.
Irish freshman has aptitude and attitude.
Americans score poorly on political aptitude tests, allowing candidates to redraw themselves.
From an early age he showed mechanical aptitude and scientific interest, and his true ambition was to become a great artist.
Pascal 's astonishing aptitudes surfaced early.
Resurgence Is Driven by SPR's Aptitude for Fragment-Based Lead Discovery.
Hawaii Driving Aptitude and General Fund Tax Revenue .

In science:

Their aptitude to alter critical behavior depends on the degree of spatial correlations present, which is quantified by a wandering exponent .
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
Given the similarities between quantum chaotic operators and random matrices, and the aptitude of random matrices for producing entangled states, several authors have proposed entanglement production as an indicator of quantum chaos [10, 11, 12].
Matrix Element Randomness, Entanglement, and Quantum Chaos
Innate social aptitudes of man: an approach from evolutionary genetics, in R.
Plasticity facilitates sustainable growth in the commons
There is however a trade-off between the test’s aptitude to be discriminative and too strong constraints that jeopardize the test’s validity.
Bootstrapping under constraint for the assessment of group behavior in human contact networks
This is the rule employed by the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) since 1953, as well as by the GRE subject exams (Budescu & Bar-Hillel, 1993).
Test item response time and the response likelihood