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.

He seems to have had a peculiar aptitude for the management of irregular troops. Macaulay.

2.

A general fitness or suitableness; adaptation.

That sociable and helpful aptitude which God implanted between man and woman. Milton.

3.

Readiness in learning; docility; aptness.

He was a boy of remarkable aptitude. Macaulay.

 

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