adroit

[uh-droit]
adjective
1.
expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
2.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater.

Origin:
1645–55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct

adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
unadroit, adjective
unadroitly, adverb
unadroitness, noun

adroit, à droite.


1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept. 1, 2. See dexterous.


1. clumsy.
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adroit (əˈdrɔɪt)
 
adj
1.  skilful or dexterous
2.  quick in thought or reaction
 
[C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly]
 
a'droitly
 
adv
 
a'droitness
 
n

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adroit
1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from Fr. phrase à droit "according to right," from O.Fr. à "to" + droit "right," from L.L. directum "right, justice," acc. of L. directus "straight" (see direct). Related: Adroitly.
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Example sentences
He managed to combine remarkable political adroitness with comprehensive vision.
The pilots maneuvered the impaired plane back to safety with skill and adroitness.
She displayed adroitness at building networks for political support during that race.
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