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[skil-fuh l] /ˈskɪl fəl/
Chiefly British, skillful.
Related forms
skilfully, adverb
skilfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • One skilful strike from his opponent, and his chances of fathering the next generation could painfully disappear.
  • His reign was characterised by a combination of skilful foreign policy and ruthless suppression of domestic dissent.
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  • His skilful turn of phrase instantly draws the scene.
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  • It was the first war to be brought by television-and a skilful propaganda machine-into rich-country homes almost daily.
  • These are skilful works with impressionistic brush-strokes and rich impasto.
  • But with his government mired in corruption and oil revenue dwindling fast, his skilful juggling has become trickier to sustain.
  • The guerrillas have a skilful leader, some useful exiles abroad and foreign friends who lend support.
  • skilful manipulation of the control panel delivers a near-infinite combination of washing and drying experiences.
British Dictionary definitions for skilful


possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
involving or requiring accomplishment or skill
Derived Forms
skilfully, (US) skillfully, adverb
skilfulness, (US) skillfulness, noun
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