Her writing on books and the arts has been impressive in its breadth, depth, and deftness.
The deftness of Smith's drafts(wo)manship can often be overlooked in her E.T.-proportioned figures.
Suleiman's deftness and ability to win the trust of all parties have earned him high marks in Israel.
Old English gedæfte "mild, gentle," differentiated in Middle English into daft (q.v.) and this word, via sense of "apt, skillful, adept." Cognate with Gothic gadaban "to be fit," Old Norse dafna "to grow strong," Dutch deftig "important, relevant."