Aptitude Apt"i*tude, n. [F. aptitude, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus. See {Apt}, and cf. {Attitude}.] 1. A natural or acquired disposition or capacity for a particular purpose, or tendency to a particular action or effect; as, oil has an aptitude to burn. [1913 Webster]

He seems to have had a peculiar aptitude for the management of irregular troops. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. A general fitness or suitableness; adaptation. [1913 Webster]

That sociable and helpful aptitude which God implanted between man and woman. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Readiness in learning; docility; aptness. [1913 Webster]

He was a boy of remarkable aptitude. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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