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He appeared to have no aptitude at all for the business of soap making.

He had seized a sword from a dying hand and was wielding it with aptitude and power.

When Piloti became old enough he was taught the piano, for which he had aptitude.

It substitutes an aptitude for what ought to be pure acquirement.

It is doubtful if the Phoenicians possessed any aptitude for the arts.

She had no aptitude for aimlessness, and moreover thought it vulgar.

She had the aptitude for the work and the means for thorough study.

For seven or eight years, he showed no desire nor aptitude to be anything else.

Of romance in him there was nothing left, while in her the aptitude for romance had only just been born.

Their eagerness and aptitude in learning to read surprises every one.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "tendency, likelihood," from Middle French aptitude (14c.) or directly from Late Latin aptitudo (genitive aptitudinis) "fitness," noun of quality from Latin aptus "joined, fitted" (see apt). Meaning "natural capacity to learn" is 1540s; that of "quality of being fit (for a purpose or position)" is from 1640s.

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