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 Speaking of ambidexterity, Brooks can also punt with either foot. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama’s Jack Brooks latest to ride Australian punting pipeline to American college football," 12 Aug. 2019 Velasquez was forced to exit the game due to a bruised forearm, according to Todd Zolecki of, but the moment of poise and ambidexterity prevented a run from crossing the plate and also ensured his place in Philly lore for years to come. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Phillies' Vince Velasquez injured by comebacker, makes great play anyway," 30 June 2018 After assisting Lukaku with his right foot, Pereira then took a corner from the other side corner with his left, and his ambidexterity was not lost on the United fans that saw the match., "VIDEO: Man Utd Fans Go Wild for Andreas Pereira's Corners in Pre-Season Friendly," 1 Aug. 2017 Rather, the robot gets its name from the real mammal’s ambidexterity. Michelle Z. Donahue, Smithsonian, "A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Stars," 22 Mar. 2017

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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