dexterousness

dexterous

[dek-struhs, -ster-uhs]
adjective
1.
skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body.
2.
having mental adroitness or skill; clever.
3.
done with skill or adroitness.
Also, dextrous.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin dexter right-hand, skillful + -ous

dexterously, adverb
dexterousness, noun
nondexterous, adjective
nondexterously, adverb
nondexterousness, noun
undexterous, adjective
undexterously, adverb
undexterousness, noun

dexterous, dextrose (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. deft, nimble, handy. 1, 2. expert, apt, able, quick. Dexterous, adroit, deft, skillful, handy all imply facility and ease in performance. Dexterous and adroit both referred originally to right-handedness. Dexterous is still most often used to refer to manual or physical ability but can also refer to mental or social agility: a dexterous wood carver; dexterous management of a potentially embarrassing situation. Adroit implies cleverness or mental acuity, occasionally complex physical skill: an adroit politician; an adroit juggler. Deft suggests a light and assured touch, either physical or mental: deft manipulation of the sensitive controls, of public opinion. Skillful is the most general of these synonyms and can be substituted in most contexts for any of the foregoing, sacrificing only the overtones or connotations of each: a skillful performer. Handy applies mainly to physical skill, often achieved without formal training: handy with tools.


1. clumsy. 2. inept. 3. awkward.
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dexterous or dextrous (ˈdɛkstrəs)
 
adj
1.  possessing or done with dexterity
2.  a rare word for right-handed
 
dextrous or dextrous
 
adj
 
'dexterously or dextrous
 
adv
 
'dextrously or dextrous
 
adv
 
'dexterousness or dextrous
 
n
 
'dextrousness or dextrous
 
n

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dexterous
c.1600, formed in English from L. dexter (see dexterity) + -ous.
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