Synonyms for (adjective) inept

Synonyms: tactless, inept

Definition: revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse

Usage: an inept remark; it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable

Similar words: maladroit

Definition: not adroit

Usage: a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve; a maladroit translation; maladroit propaganda


Synonyms: inept, feckless

Definition: generally incompetent and ineffectual

Usage: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing; inept handling of the account

Similar words: incompetent

Definition: not qualified or suited for a purpose

Usage: an incompetent secret service; the filming was hopeless incompetent


Synonyms: inept, ill-chosen, inapt, cumbersome, awkward, clumsy

Definition: not elegant or graceful in expression

Usage: 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?

Similar words: infelicitous

Definition: not appropriate in application; defective

Usage: an infelicitous remark; infelicitous phrasing; the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy