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aptitude

[ap′tətyo̅o̅d]
Etymology: L, aptitudo, ability
a natural ability, tendency, talent, or capability to learn, understand, or acquire a particular skill; mental alertness.

aptitude

(ap′tĭ-tood) [L. aptitudo, fitness]
Inherent ability or skill in learning or performing physical or mental endeavors.

aptitude

(1) natural ability to perform a task; (2) potential capacity to learn a task, given the necessary training.