adroit

adjective
\ə-ˈdrȯit \

Definition of adroit 

: having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations an adroit leader adroit maneuvers

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adroitly adverb
adroitness noun

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clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude. a person clever with horses adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties. an adroit negotiator cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating. a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something. an ingenious software engineer

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

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 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 Letters1985 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 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
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No such problems informed the adroit playing of continuo cellist Kenneth Olsen. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Avi Avital's brilliant debut highlights lively, engaging CSO program," 8 June 2018 What Letterkenny is, most impressively, is verbally adroit. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'Letterkenny' Is the Canadian Comedy You Didn't Know You Needed," 11 July 2018 The gravity of the moment does not mean being politically adroit is not important. New York Times, "Cuomo Finally Says the Obvious: He Backs the Transit Rescue Plan," 31 May 2018 Keeping Baghdad from drifting toward radicalism, or further into Iran’s orbit, will require adroit maneuvering by the U.S. and regional allies. Karl Rove, WSJ, "North Korea, and Iran, and Iraq! Oh, My!," 16 May 2018 Díaz-Canel has continued his adroit footwork since his appointment as Cuba’s top vice-president in 2013. Mimi Whitefield And Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba's handpicked president? | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Her strategy in dealing with such people was disarmingly adroit. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Mary Sansone, a Grass-Roots Political Godmother, Dies at 101," 15 May 2018 Cellos were especially adroit in some tricky passage-work in the middle section. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra's 'Prometheus Project' gets off to fiery start: review," 11 May 2018 His most adroit feat came after the failed Beer Hall Putsch, in 1923, which should have ended his political career. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of adroit

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adroit

borrowed from French, going back to Old French, "handsome, elegant, skilled (in combat)," from a-, prefix, perhaps with intensive value (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + droit "straight, direct, true, regular," going back to Latin directus "straight, direct" — more at dress entry 1

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adroit

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adroit

: very clever or skillful

adroit

adjective
\ə-ˈdrȯit \

Kids Definition of adroit

: having or showing great skill or cleverness an adroit leader

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adroitly adverb

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