Definition of adroit
: having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations an adroit leader adroit maneuvers
Examples of adroit in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of adroit from the Web
But McConnell’s stewardship of the health care issue has proved less adroit.
The PRI has long been adroit at corralling votes via handouts, patronage posts, job-generating public works projects and other strategies.
During his two years at DCFS, Sheldon was adroit at tapping federal funds and brought tens of millions of new dollars into Illinois by clearing away bureaucratic tangles.
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But the dialogue is adroit, the characters engaging and multidimensional.
Later, Zinelli introduced adroit changes of scale, in complex, graphic compositions that balance keen design instincts with the mysterious depths of great art.
Mr. Evans has done it all—a paragon of adroit industry.
With a cacophony of New York yammer (eavesdropped in bars, offices, streets) threaded throughout, the story runs the danger of being a mere exercise, clever, technically adroit, but lacking soul.
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Origin and Etymology of adroit
French, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + droit right, droit
First Known Use: 1652See Words from the same year
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
ADROIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adroit for English Language Learners
: very clever or skillful
ADROIT Defined for Kids
Definition of adroit for Students
: having or showing great skill or cleverness an adroit leader
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