am·​bi·​dex·​ter·​i·​ty | \ ˌam-bi-(ˌ)dek-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce ambidexterity (audio) , -ˈste-rə- \

Definition of ambidexterity

: the quality or state of being ambidextrous

Examples of ambidexterity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Yeoh has defied this, cultivating a sort of full-body ambidexterity, shifting at will between modes of movement that have lived in her for years. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Myers saw Hickman use it to compensate for the lack of ambidexterity sought in high-level lacrosse midfielders. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2021 Garner’s playing technique was defined partly by executing octaves with his right hand, and ambidexterity factored in his work. David Lindquist, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 But Hoyle likes the movie beyond Montoya's renowned ambidexterity. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 His ambidexterity and stunning sense of time enabled him not only to render and develop different rhythms in each hand, but also to play his two hands out of sync with one another. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 15 June 2021 And, unlike George Costanza, No. 11 can go left — his ambidexterity separating him from the rest of the pack. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Gobert’s teammate, Mike Conley, shows near-true ambidexterity. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Speaking of ambidexterity, Brooks can also punt with either foot. Creg Stephenson |, al, 12 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ambidexterity

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambidexterity

ambidexter "using both hands with equal ease" (or its source, Late Latin ambidexter) + -ity, after dexterity — more at ambidextrous

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“Ambidexterity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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am·​bi·​dex·​ter·​i·​ty | \ ˌam-bi-(ˌ)dek-ˈster-ət-ē How to pronounce ambidexterity (audio) \
plural ambidexterities

Medical Definition of ambidexterity

: the quality or state of being ambidextrous

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