Inept and Skillful


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Inept adjective – Lacking qualities (as knowledge, skill, or ability) required to do a job.
Usage example: a well-meaning but inept secretary who can't seem to keep the boss's appointments straight

Skillful is an antonym for inept in topics: clumsy, improper.
Nearby Words: ineptitude, ineptly
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Skillful adjective – Accomplished with trained ability.
Usage example: the ice skater performed a skillful and graceful series of jumps

Inept is an antonym for skillful in topics: clumsy, able.
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  • Terrible Artist Because Sawako is generally so skillful, her friends crack up at the fact she's a truly inept artist.
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