Simple Definition of adroit
: very clever or skillful
Full Definition of adroit
: having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations <an adroit leader> <adroit maneuvers>
Examples of adroit
Rumor has always played a role in politics, but rarely have the backstage operatives been so adroit, and so cynical, in their use of vitriol. —Walter Shapiro, Time, 10 July 1989
Family medicine … is constructed around the unquantifiable idea that a doctor who treats your grandmother, your father, your niece, and your daughter will be more adroit in treating you. —John McPhee, Table of Contents, 1984
He was adroit with money and was blessed with the extraordinary Spanish gift of prolific, and even inchoate, invention. —V. S. Pritchett, “Goya … ,” 1975, in A Man of Letters, 1985
She is adroit at handling problems.
<with an adroit flick of the wrist, flipped the omelet into the air and landed it squarely back in the pan>
Origin of adroit
French, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + droit right, droit
First Known Use: 1652
Synonym Discussion of adroit
dexterous, adroit, deft mean ready and skilled in physical movement. dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and quickness in manipulation <unrolled the sleeping bag with a dexterous toss>. adroit implies dexterity but usually also stresses resourcefulness or artfulness or inventiveness <the magician's adroit response to the failure of her prop won applause>. deft emphasizes lightness, neatness, and sureness of touch or handling <a surgeon's deft manipulation of the scalpel>.
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