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inept (adj) lacking skill to do something; incompetent.
When you are inept you are clumsy, you lack the skill needed to do something. If you are inept, you do not have the ability to what you are expected to do. An inept handling of a situation is handling it without skill or competence.
- The US can be said to have handled the situation in Iraq ineptly as its interference has created more problems than it sought to solve.
- Paul is quite efficient in business but has proved himself to totally inept and inadequate in politics.