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Definition 1: generally incompetent and ineffectual - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where inept or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for inept in the sense of this definition

(inept is similar to ...) not qualified or suited for a purpose

"an incompetent secret service" "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

Definition 2: not elegant or graceful in expression - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where inept or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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?

Synonyms for inept in the sense of this definition

(inept is similar to ...) not appropriate in application; defective

"an infelicitous remark" "infelicitous phrasing" "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"

Definition 3: revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where inept or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for inept in the sense of this definition

(inept is similar to ...) not adroit

"a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve" "a maladroit translation" "maladroit propaganda"

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