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maladroit

[mal-uh-droit] /ˌmæl əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless:
to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < French, Middle French; see mal-, adroit
Related forms
maladroitly, adverb
maladroitness, noun
Synonyms
clumsy, inept; gauche.
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  • When he was in office he proved a politically maladroit figure in terms of getting his negatives up.
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  • Most damaging of all were his maladroit dealings with the army.
British Dictionary definitions for maladroit

maladroit

/ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
showing or characterized by clumsiness; not dexterous
2.
tactless and insensitive in behaviour or speech
Derived Forms
maladroitly, adverb
maladroitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from mal badly + adroit
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Word Origin and History for maladroit
adj.

1670s, from mal- + adroit. Related: Maladroitly; maladroitness.

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