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Definition not skilled
  • an inept remark
  • inept handling of the account
  • they were bumbling, inept savages,
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • inept = not skilled
  • Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as "suits."
    Paul Graham
  • Burnham became an avid player of bridge, though he was known widely for being utterly inept at the game.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Few men could have successfully followed Abraham Lincoln as president, but Andrew Johnson proved particularly inept.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Not only was he inept where feelings were concerned, he was also a dolt with horses.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • He was trying to teach the "Hava Nagilia" to a rapt but inept circle of admirers.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I see Pollux made it through, so I suppose you aren't completely inept.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Cedric watches the party unfold, feeling the room's pounding energy flow through him, while he tries to reconcile himself with crushing ineptness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • To omit a word always, to resort to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of stressing it.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • When Changó found out, he tracked down his inept accomplice to the foot of a palm tree.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Adams charged McHenry with inept management, of failing to clothe the troops adequately.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Now, in a desperate attempt to cover their own ineptitude, they've arrested my brother and they're holding my father.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-itude" converts an adjective to a noun.)
  • Moody journeyed to the passport office, spending the entire day there, frustrated by long lines and bureaucratic ineptitude.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-itude" converts an adjective to a noun.)
  • They targeted COP Falcon, but ineptly.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • I doubted if awkward, self-conscious, and inept added up todesirable in anyone's book.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Anger at her own ineptitude.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-itude" converts an adjective to a noun.)
  • Shocking, really, that a romance novelist could be so inept at the language of the heart.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Washington had proven indecisive and inept.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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