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adroit

[uh-droit] /əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
2.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious:
an adroit debater.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct
Related forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
unadroit, adjective
unadroitly, adverb
unadroitness, noun
Can be confused
adroit, à droite.
Synonyms
1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept. 1, 2. See dexterous.
Antonyms
1. clumsy.
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British Dictionary definitions for adroit

adroit

/əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
skilful or dexterous
2.
quick in thought or reaction
Derived Forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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Word Origin and History for adroit
adj.

1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from French adroit, from phrase à droit "according to right," from Old French à "to" (see ad-) + droit "right," from Late Latin directum "right, justice," accusative of Latin directus "straight" (see direct (v.)). Related: Adroitly; adroitness.

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