ineptitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ineptitude having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
    • n ineptitude unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ineptitude Absurdity; nonsense; foolishness.
    • Ineptitude The quality of being inept; unfitness; inaptitude; unsuitableness. "That ineptitude for society, which is frequently the fault of us scholars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ineptitude The quality or state of being inept; lack of aptness or adaptation; unfitness; unsuitableness; inaptitude; foolishness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ineptitudo,

Usage

In literature:

What I admire most is its ineptitude.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
As it happened, the treason of Dumouriez and their own ineptitude destroyed them before revenge was within reach.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
The Gemara or Commentary is often overloaded with ineptitudes and ridiculous subtilties.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Sumner was conspicuous even among politicians for his ineptitude in this respect.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
What ineptitude had he been guilty of now!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
So quickly did the forcefulness or ineptitude of four commanders determine the course of events.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
To them, in their then ineptitude, what I shall say now would have been unintelligible.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
The verbal and mechanical proposition, that passes for judgment of worth, is the great cloak of ineptitude in these matters.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
But even Manfred cannot be blamed for this withering sterility, this dead-sea of ineptitude.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
It is to be doubted whether the Count's ineptitude did not disgust the Chancellor more thoroughly than his treachery towards Valerie.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
She answered him alertly, swiftly, and often at random, as though by her intelligence and competence to cover his ineptitude.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
It were an insult to the great Florentine to style such piteous ineptitudes Machiavellian.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
How I must bore you with these ineptitudes!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was a beautiful study in human ineptitude.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
And that monument to critical ineptitude, Degeneration, by Max Nordau.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
But, fortunately, the realization of my ineptitude came uppermost.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
He was almost afraid that Miss Carthew might leave in despair at Stella's ineptitude.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Why put a premium on ineptitude?
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
Its minor ineptitudes need hardly be taken into account.
"The Evolution of Sinn Fein" by Robert Mitchell Henry
He has taken office (as Prime Minister) and has surrounded himself with ineptitudes, Childers, Bright, Granville!
"Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
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In news:

Obama's Iran Election Ineptitude Worsens Nuclear Threat.
A Carnival of Ineptitude .
Leslie Frazier bothered by Vikings' defensive ineptitude inside 2 minutes.
NORMALLY it takes a new opera production years to decline to the point of terminal weariness and ineptitude, but the Metropolitan Opera's "Trovatore" reached that sad state in one evening, at last night's premiere.
Billy Cundiff keeps up tradition of placekicking ineptitude.
Otherwise you'll be forced to wade through a transcript of my technical ineptitude, as we attempt to get Bernstein a microphone.
Hodgman vs Roderick: Yale, Pork Loin, and the Ineptitude of the Left.
Despite a six-game losing streak and more offensive ineptitude, the Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Beginning Motorcyclists Enduring Ineptitude.
The real problem is his own ineptitude.
In a game that might have marked a low for offensive ineptitude, Brittney Griner set a high for defensive prowess.
77 Fusion Centers "Pools of Ineptitude".
It seems everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit, and Tony Mack is the gift that keeps giving for those looking to expose political ineptitude this holiday season.
112th session sets bar for ineptitude.
"There was ineptitude on the part of the registrar 's office," Finch said, referring to its decision to order just 21,000 ballots for Bridgeport's nearly 70,000 registered voters.
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