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 play so skillfully with the overtones of criticism because they know the
  fundamental tones so well.
Some of the statues would have been skillfully painted by professionals.
Whether it is filled ineptly or skillfully was, for him, the vital question.
As nearly any elementary schoolteacher can attest, it is possible to decode
  skillfully yet struggle with comprehension.
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