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artful

[ahrt-fuh l] /ˈɑrt fəl/
adjective
1.
slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky:
artful schemes.
2.
skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious:
an artful choice of metaphors and similes.
3.
done with or characterized by art or skill:
artful acting; artful repairs.
4.
Archaic. artificial.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; art1 + -ful
Related forms
artfully, adverb
artfulness, noun
unartful, adjective
unartfully, adverb
unartfulness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for artfulness

artful

/ˈɑːtfʊl/
adjective
1.
cunning or tricky
2.
skilful in achieving a desired end
3.
(archaic) characterized by skill or art
4.
(archaic) artificial
Derived Forms
artfully, adverb
artfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for artfulness

artful

adj.

1610s, "learned, well-versed in the (liberal) arts," also "characterized by technical skill," from art (n.) + -ful. Meaning "skilled in adapting means to ends" is from 1739. Related: Artfully; artfulness.

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