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dexterous

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

Simple Definition of dexterous

  • : having or showing great skill or cleverness : showing dexterity

Full Definition of dexterous

  1. 1 :  mentally adroit and skillful :  clever <her dexterous handling of the crisis>

  2. 2 :  done with dexterity :  artful <a dexterous maneuver>

  3. 3 :  skillful and competent with the hands <a dexterous surgeon>

dex·ter·ous·ly adverb
dex·ter·ous·ness noun

Examples of dexterous

  1. They praised her dexterous handling of the crisis.

  2. The movie is a dexterous retelling of a classic love story.



Variants of dexterous

also dex·trous play \ˈdek-st(ə-)rəs\

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>.

Medical Dictionary

dexterous

adjective dex·ter·ous

Medical Definition of dexterous

  1. 1:  skillful and competent with the hands

  2. 2:  mentally adroit and skillful

  3. dex·ter·ous·ly adverb
    dex·ter·ous·ness noun



Variants of dexterous

also dex·trous \ˈdek-st(ə-)rəs\play


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