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. "
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "APTITUDE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/aptitude/ (accessed July 27, 2017).