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Having or showing no skill; clumsy:‘the referee's inept handling of the match’
incompetent, unskilful, unskilled, inexpert, amateurish, crude, roughclumsy, awkward, maladroit, unhandy, heavy-handed, bungling, blundering, bumbling, botchedunproductive, unsuccessful, ineffectual, inadequate, inferior, substandard, wanting, lacking, not up to scratchcack-handed, ham-fisted, ham-handed, butterfingeredall thumbs, all fingers and thumbsklutzyView synonyms
- ‘Consecutive governments have insisted on a completely inept policy of open immigration.’
- ‘He is socially inept, he has no personal life, yet he tries to help damaged minds.’
- ‘In part, this vote has emerged because of the inept handling of the asylum issue by the Government.’
- ‘I cannot understand how such an inept man can be elected head of the world's most powerful country.’
- ‘And if the inept service doesn't take your breath away, the prices certainly will.’
- ‘His descriptions are often quite pedestrian and sometimes strangely inept.’
- ‘If the robbers hadn't been so inept they might have got away with it.’
- ‘There can be no way back into next Scotland squad after this inept display.’
- ‘He did not let the army tackle the situation, leaving it to the inept and communal police force.’
- ‘Now inept council staff and councillors are to waste public money on proposals which do not address the situation.’
- ‘He made her feel so silly, so inadequate, so inept at being his secretary.’
- ‘He said the inept attitude of the government has created a chaotic situation in the state.’
- ‘Most people couldn't afford, or felt too socially inept, to go and watch plays.’
- ‘This is the second year we have been disenfranchised by this inept system and incompetence behind its planning.’
- ‘Apparently she was enraged by the inept actions of the person ahead of her at the drive-in ATM.’
- ‘Things are so much easier now I can converse, albeit in a choppy inept way, in Japanese.’
- ‘He has clearly lost the plot and is proving to be both inept and devoid of morality himself.’
- ‘He visits his old office, tries to help out, but feels like he left the work in inept hands.’
- ‘Their years of management were pretty inept and brought about a tenfold increase in water prices.’
- ‘The fault lies clearly, yet again, with inefficient and inept council officers and management.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘not apt, unsuitable’): from Latin ineptus, from in- not + aptus (see apt).
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