• WordNet 3.6
    • n ineptness the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
    • n ineptness unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ineptness Unfitness; ineptitude. "The feebleness and miserable ineptness of infancy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ineptness The quality of being inept; unfitness; awkwardness; ineptitude.
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  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound”


In literature:

The victim regards the name of the instrument as most inept.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, April 16, 1919" by Various
Everyone knows that Sir William Harcourt is not inept, but is almost the ablest Parliamentarian now alive.
"Twelve Types" by G.K. Chesterton
Nothing could have been more foolish, inept, on his part.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
Inept Negation, get thee to thy kitchen and seek wisdom among the pots.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
On the other hand the inept have just managed to exist.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Everyone knows that Sir William Harcourt is not inept, but is almost the ablest Parliamentarian now alive.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
No inept legend for the Browning of this decade is the noble song of Thamuris which his Aristophanes half mockingly declaimed.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
But the great American hotel is a classic, and to praise it may seem inept.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
Some of it is pretentious, some of it inept.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
And what a massacre of conventionality, of inept formulas!
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

"He holds as inept his own soul-shell -
My deftest achievement -
Contemns me for fitful inventions
Ill-timed and inane:
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
'The grass-path hardly can be stepped.
The lane is like a pool!' —
Her dream is shown to be inept,
Her wish they overrule.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The offense looked stale and inept: their first six drives yielded 25 yards, five punts and an INT.
NORMALLY any column I write involving our state lawmakers includes phrases such as "greed-heads," "overperked," "morally bankrupt," "shortsighted" or "totally inept.".
Inept operation is a reflection of Obama's incompetence.
Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister "pre-majoring in perfection," while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger.
Across the country, more and more are fed up -- and rising up against the stereotype of the inept, clueless father.
WASHINGTON — "The League," FX's sitcom about a group of friends who play competitive if inept fantasy football together, returned for its fourth season this fall, bringing with it the best married couple on television.
Government is inept at running schools.
Anyone who has watched the six-member County Council since its creation in 2006 has probably been struck by how inept it has been in its leadership of the county.
A comedic look at an inept and pompous military man, trying to "do his bit" for the war.
Mei Xiang comes to her inept mate's rescue.
University of Tennessee inept in key spots.
Jaguars, Titans absolutely inept .
The 112th Congress was as inept as the Red Sox.
But my prediction is in 10 years, we will all snidely refer to anything inept , broken, petty and lazy as like the 112th Congress.
Antioch is a city run by an inept staff, a council ignoring citizens and lacking initiative.

In science:

The Minor Malfunctions Some of these are actual acts of omission or commission, most others inept phrasing or descriptions, often the result of a shortage of envelop backs.
Astrophysics in 2006