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the natural capacity of an individual to acquire competence or skill through training. Individuals who have the ability to learn to play the piano are frequently said to have a natural aptitude for this activity. Specific aptitude refers to potential in a particular area (e.g., artistic or mathematical aptitude)- whereas general aptitude refers to potential in several fields. See also academic aptitude.

APTITUDE: "A person with an aptitude for mathematics is able to learn mathematical skills with relative ease. "

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