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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
inept
    adj 1: not elegant or graceful in expression; "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?" [syn: awkward, clumsy,
           cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen]
    2: generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to
       repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account" [syn:
       feckless, inept]
    3: revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; "an
       inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those
       disagreeable" [syn: inept, tactless]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Inept \In*ept"\, a. [L. ineptus; prefix. in- not + aptus apt,
   fit: cf. F. inepte. Cf. Inapt.]
   [1913 Webster]
   1. Not apt or fit; unfit; unsuitable; improper; unbecoming.
      [1913 Webster]

            The Aristotelian philosophy is inept for new
            discoveries.                          --Glanvill.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. Silly; useless; nonsensical; absurd; foolish.
      [1913 Webster]

            To view attention as a special act of intelligence,
            and to distinguish it from consciousness, is utterly
            inept.                                --Sir W.
                                                  Hamilton.
      [1913 Webster]

Thesaurus Results for inept:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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