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inept

adjective
 
 
/ɪˈnept/
unable to do something well: socially inept She was totally inept at telling jokes.Inability and awkwardness
ineptly adverb ineptitude
 
 
/ɪˈneptɪtjuːd/ noun [U]
Translations of “inept”
in Korean 서투른…
in Arabic غَير كُفء…
in Portuguese impróprio, inepto…
in Catalan inepte, inapropiat…
in Japanese 不器用な…
in Italian inetto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無能的, 笨拙的, 無效的…
in Russian неумелый, неспособный…
in Turkish beceriksiz, yeteneksiz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无能的, 笨拙的, 无效的…
in Polish nieudolny, niekompetentny…
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