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 Such heavy-handedness could also motivate our pharmaceutical industry to move more of their operations offshore, thereby diminishing U.S. employment, tax revenues and access to important medications. Rita Numerof, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 One surprise of the Biden era has been the ham-handedness of foreign policy management. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 The message of all this heavy-handedness is two-pronged. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 For shows that aim to attract a broader swathe of audiences — but whose creators want to maintain some creative freedom and avoid heavy handedness in the title (no offense, An Oral History of The Office) — the colon does a lot of work. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 Alas, heavy-handedness with the oil — even the nicely green and crisp broccolini was saturated — and a grave dearth of sausage made this one a bit of a clunker. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Still, that heavy-handedness had a crucial side effect: The governor was fatally isolated at his time of political need. New York Times, 14 Aug. 2021 Tompkins’s high-handedness at Esprit carried over into his reincarnation as a conservationist. Michael O’donnell, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2021 Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., is the latest official to demonstrate the requisite high-handedness and lack of self-awareness to take her place among the most memorable hypocrites of the COVID era. Rich Lowry, National Review, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of handedness

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handedness was in 1915

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“Handedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handedness. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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