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From Proto-Italic *enaptos. Equivalent to in- +‎ aptus.



ineptus (feminine inepta, neuter ineptum, comparative ineptior); first/second-declension adjective

  1. unsuitable
    Synonyms: incommodus, inūtilis, grātuītus, irritus
    Antonyms: opportūnus, commodus, habilis, aptus, idōneus, conveniēns, ūtilis, salūber, ūtēnsilis
  2. impertinent, improper, tasteless
  3. senseless, silly
  4. pedantic
  5. absurd
  6. inept
    Synonyms: iners, incapāx, rudis, indocilis
    Antonyms: vafer, callidus


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative ineptus inepta ineptum ineptī ineptae inepta
Genitive ineptī ineptae ineptī ineptōrum ineptārum ineptōrum
Dative ineptō ineptō ineptīs
Accusative ineptum ineptam ineptum ineptōs ineptās inepta
Ablative ineptō ineptā ineptō ineptīs
Vocative inepte inepta ineptum ineptī ineptae inepta

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: inept
  • French: inepte
  • Galician: inepto
  • Italian: inetto
  • Portuguese: inepto
  • Romanian: inept
  • Spanish: inepto


  • ineptus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ineptus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ineptus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • ineptus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be silly, without tact: ineptum esse (De Or. 2. 4. 17)