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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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Examples for adroitness
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for adroitness

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 adroitness
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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