skillful

[skil-fuhl]
adjective
1.
having or exercising skill: a skillful juggler.
2.
showing or involving skill: a skillful display of fancy diving.
3.
Obsolete. reasonable; rational.
Also, especially British, skilful.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see skill1, -ful

skillfully, adverb
skillfulness, noun
quasi-skillful, adjective
quasi-skillfully, adverb


1. ready, adroit, deft, adept, apt, clever, ingenious. Skillful, skilled, expert refer to readiness and adroitness in an occupation, craft, or art. Skillful suggests especially adroitness and dexterity: a skillful watchmaker. Skilled implies having had long experience and thus having acquired a high degree of proficiency: not an amateur but a skilled worker. Expert means having the highest degree of proficiency; it may mean much the same as skillful or skilled or both: expert workmanship. See also dexterous.


1. awkward, clumsy, amateurish.
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skilful or skillful (ˈskɪlfʊl)
 
adj
1.  possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
2.  involving or requiring accomplishment or skill
 
skillful or skillful
 
adj
 
'skilfully or skillful
 
adv
 
'skillfully or skillful
 
adv
 
'skilfulness or skillful
 
n
 
'skillfulness or skillful
 
n

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Example sentences
They are skillful hunters that stalk their prey on the ground and from branches
  of trees.
The cute little creature requires a lot of ingenuity to foil because he is
  persistent, intelligent, and skillful.
Depending upon how sophisticated and skillful you are, you can ape the
  mannerisms of a famous author as an inside joke.
The error is in using speculative happy thoughts related to the crisis as
  examples of skillful redirection.
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