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APT'NESS, noun

1. Fitness; suitableness; as, the aptness of things to their end.

2. Disposition of the mind; propensity; as, the aptness of men to follow example.

3. Quickness of apprehension; readiness in learning; docility; as, an aptness to learn is more observable in some children than in others.

4. Tendency, in things; as, the aptness of iron to rust.