hand·​ed·​ness | \ ˈhan-dəd-nəs How to pronounce handedness (audio) \

Definition of handedness

1 : a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2a : the property of an object (such as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image : chirality
b : either of the two configurations of an object that may exist in forms which are nonidentical mirror images

Examples of handedness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What works against him for me right now is his left-handedness. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Fans got some good exposure to Rangers minor leaguers last season. Here are some who could arrive in 2021," 12 Nov. 2020 Xi's comments need to be taken with a grain of salt — Beijing has also taken elements of Trump's presidency as an opportunity to vindicate its own heavy-handedness at home, in Hong Kong, for example, with its draconian national security law. Angela Dewan, CNN, "America's role as global leader all but died under Trump. The world was outgrowing it anyway," 1 Nov. 2020 Underneath its gleaming promise of public scholarship, Wikipedia is a community that teems with its own authorities and cognoscenti, with all the high-handedness, Byzantine bylaws, and amour propre of any cultural institution on 5th Avenue. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia," 2 Nov. 2020 Gailey said the Los Angeles defense would have to make the adjustments to Tagovailoa’s left-handedness. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Chan Gailey expecting Tua Tagovailoa to ‘play great’ in his first NFL start," 28 Oct. 2020 This new hit to the commission’s credibility comes shortly after its high-handedness led to the cancellation of the second debate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Retire the Debate Commission," 16 Oct. 2020 Its unilateral decision Thursday for a virtual debate is another example of its high-handedness. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Who Needs Debate Moderators?," 8 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, his unbuttoned diplomacy charmed Asian and African officials, who were accustomed to the high-handedness of Europeans. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, "Wendell Willkie’s World Without Borders," 22 Sep. 2020 In more free-wheeling times and cultures, researchers say, left-handedness is more common, while in more restrictive times and places, the incidence seems to be reduced. Michael Pearson, CNN, "Lefties get their day today," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of handedness

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Nov 2020

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“Handedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handedness. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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hand·​ed·​ness | \ -nəs How to pronounce handedness (audio) \

Medical Definition of handedness

1 : a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2 : the property of an object (as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image
3 : the property of having either a clockwise or counterclockwise motion (as the corkscrew movement of some microorganisms or their flagella or cilia)

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