Ineptitude is a lack of skill, ability, or competence. A doctor would prove his ineptitude at practicing medicine if he mistakenly removed a patient's spleen instead of his kidney.

Ineptitude and incompetence are synonyms to describe people who have absolutely no idea what they're doing. It's definitely not a quality you'd want in a pilot, who might prove his ineptitude by sending a plane full of passengers hurtling to the ground. Ineptitude also isn't a good quality to have in fields like medicine, where even one careless mistake could be life-threatening.

Definitions of ineptitude
  1. noun
    unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
    synonyms: awkwardness, clumsiness, ineptness, maladroitness, slowness
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    ineptitude or awkwardness as a consequence of age or lack of practice
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    a lack of cognitive skill
  2. noun
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
    synonyms: worthlessness
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    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
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    worthlessness due to being feeble and ineffectual
    groundlessness, idleness
    the quality of lacking substance or value
    paltriness, sorriness
    worthlessness due to insignificance
    having none of the properties that endow something with value
    shoddiness, trashiness
    the quality of being cheaply imitative of something better
    darn, hoot, red cent
    something of little value
    emptiness, vanity
    the quality of being valueless or futile
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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