Definition of aptitude in English:



  • 1A natural ability to do something:

    ‘children with an aptitude for painting and drawing’
    • ‘Discovering you have a natural talent or aptitude for something feels good.’
    • ‘Also, do taller women have a higher ratio of mathematical and spatial reasoning aptitudes to verbal aptitudes as compared to shorter women?’
    • ‘On Monday, it was to the driving range, where I rediscovered my startling aptitude for slicing the ball, though I was relieved to make contact at all.’
    • ‘I am asked for my view on the Olympic Games, which is that they affirm the British aptitude for sports that involve sitting down.’
    • ‘Secondly these students deserve the chance to overcome this initial hiccup, to show whatever aptitudes, abilities they have.’
    • ‘But Brad never got his sea legs, showing an early aptitude for skating on ice rather than sailing on water.’
    • ‘I have a knowledge of their abilities and aptitudes that I would not get from a traditional one semester class.’
    • ‘Not everyone has the aptitude or ability to do everything.’
    • ‘My ideology holds men to be equal to women, and to me as an individual, in their abilities and aptitudes to communicate and understand the spoken word.’
    • ‘He had previously believed that he did not have a natural aptitude for learning languages, through his experiences at school.’
    • ‘My only assumption is that an aptitude for law school exists and that it can, to some extent, be measured.’
    • ‘He has leadership ability and the aptitude to learn from mistakes.’
    • ‘Was it around that age that you realized that you had an aptitude for the instrument?’
    • ‘A similar argument could be made for selecting children with an aptitude for music, he went on.’
    • ‘They also have a remarkable aptitude for spreading the word virally when they discover something that excites them.’
    • ‘The truth, of course, is that there is no difference between selection by aptitude and selection by ability.’
    • ‘The new middle-class epistemology concentrated on a connection between physical aptitudes and mental ability, making alleged distinctions between male and female anatomy.’
    • ‘The group rapidly bypassed disciplinary differences to focus on a common set of preferred aptitudes and abilities associated with critical thinking, reading, and writing.’
    • ‘An aptitude for dealing in stock and runs, and in accumulating capital and assets, soon became apparent.’
    • ‘There are 21 priority places available for students on the basis of their aptitude for the Performing Arts each year.’
    talent, skill, expertise, expertness, adeptness, skilfulness, prowess, mastery, artistry, calibre, accomplishment
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    1. 1.1 A natural tendency:
      ‘his aptitude for deceit’
      • ‘Except sometimes I completely lose my inborn aptitude for sleeping for excessively long stretches.’
      • ‘It targets talented Year 10 students with an aptitude for enterprise.’
      • ‘He has shown neither the desire nor the aptitude for such a role.’
      • ‘In fact, even when immersed in play writing, he had betrayed his aptitude for philosophical ideas and concepts.’
      • ‘In fact, his was a different kind of mind with an aptitude more for philosophical thoughts and concepts than for literary pursuits.’
      • ‘Most teens' natural aptitude for interactivity is what often sets them apart from older generations.’
      • ‘His grandmother used to sit with mediums, and he was always aware of his own aptitude for the spiritual.’
      • ‘They require tact and a deftness that neither government has shown much aptitude for or inclination toward.’
      • ‘Vine identification and the study of individual varieties' characteristics and aptitudes is a decidedly underdeveloped field of activity.’
      • ‘People typically think of the brain as a genetically fixed source of intelligence, aptitudes and personality.’
      • ‘It also acknowledges that patients differ in their choice of therapies according to their aptitudes and inclinations towards the various options.’
      • ‘Despite having a phenomenal song writing talent, he seems to lack an aptitude for conciseness.’
      • ‘Saul senses in Eliza a natural aptitude for mysticism, blossoming from the way in which the letters seem to appear to her in a vision.’
      talent, gift, flair, bent, skill, knack, facility, finesse, genius
      ability, proficiency, competence, capability, potential, capacity, faculty
      expertise, expertness, adeptness, prowess, mastery, artistry
      propensity, inclination, natural ability, suitability, fitness
      head, mind, brain
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Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin aptitudo, from aptus (see apt).