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dexterous

adjective dex·ter·ous \ˈdek-st(ə-)rəs\

: having or showing great skill or cleverness : showing dexterity

Full Definition of DEXTEROUS

1
:  mentally adroit and skillful :  clever <her dexterous handling of the crisis>
2
:  done with dexterity :  artful <a dexterous maneuver>
3
:  skillful and competent with the hands <a dexterous surgeon>
dex·ter·ous·ly adverb
dex·ter·ous·ness noun

Variants of DEXTEROUS

dex·ter·ous also dex·trous \ˈdek-st(ə-)rəs\
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Examples of DEXTEROUS

  1. They praised her dexterous handling of the crisis.
  2. The movie is a dexterous retelling of a classic love story.

Origin of DEXTEROUS

Latin dextr-, dexter on the right side, skillful
First Known Use: 1609

Synonym Discussion of DEXTEROUS

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>.
DEXTEROUSLY Defined for Kids

dexterous

adjective dex·ter·ous \ˈdek-stə-rəs, -strəs\

Definition of DEXTEROUS for Kids

1
:  skillful with the hands <a dexterous potter>
2
:  clever 2 <a dexterous chess player>
3
:  done with skill <The skier made a dexterous jump.>
dex·ter·ous·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

dexterous

adjective dex·ter·ous

Medical Definition of DEXTEROUS

1
:  skillful and competent with the hands
2
:  mentally adroit and skillful
dex·ter·ous·ly adverb
dex·ter·ous·ness noun

Variants of DEXTEROUS

dex·ter·ous also dex·trous \ˈdek-st(ə-)rəs\

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