adroit

[uh-droit] /əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
1.
expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
2.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious:
"an adroit debater."
Origin
1645–55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct
Related forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
unadroit, adjective
unadroitly, adverb
unadroitness, noun
Can be confused
adroit, à droite.
Synonyms
1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept. 1, 2. See dexterous.
Antonyms
1. clumsy.
British Dictionary definitions for un adroitly
adroit (əˈdrɔɪt)
 
adj
1.  skilful or dexterous
2.  quick in thought or reaction
 
[C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly]
 
a'droitly
 
adv
 
a'droitness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for un adroitly
adroit
1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from Fr. phrase à droit "according to right," from O.Fr. à "to" + droit "right," from L.L. directum "right, justice," acc. of L. directus "straight" (see direct). Related: Adroitly.
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