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

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Heavy-handedness has become the trademark of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—also when dealing with financial markets. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Turkey’s Heavy-Handed Crackdown on Currency Speculators," 27 Mar. 2019 That could mean an end of the line for OF Matt Szczur, who’s right-handedness is a difficult fit on this roster, and for RHP Jordan Lyles, whose 11.00 ERA and 2.22 WHIP this spring has done little to secure his spot in San Diego. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Friar talk: Re-thinking the Padres' opening day roster," 19 Mar. 2018 But there has been no major outbreak of protests, thanks in large part to the police's heavy handedness in dealing with any sign of unrest. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Amnesty calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics," 18 Sep. 2018 The Dodgers essentially boast two separate teams depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher, with only two names—shortstop Manny Machado and third baseman Justin Turner—consistent in their spots. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Brewers, Dodgers Take Lineup Shuffle to the Next Level," 18 Oct. 2018 This effect of handedness wasn’t known at the time. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego science reaches top tier in new global survey," 7 June 2018 The film treats my family’s aspirations with the heavy handedness of people who are viewing an African American family through a lens lacking in cultural sensibilities. Liz Mcneil, PEOPLE.com, "Read Cissy Houston's Emotional Full Statement About Claim That Whitney Houston Was Molested," 11 July 2018 The history of training people to use the non-dominant hand is fraught with abuse, as left-handedness was once the source of stigma. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez can throw with either hand. What does that say about his brain?," 3 July 2018 The heavy handedness is to achieve a certain result . . Fox News, "Pakistan's media faces threats, abductions ahead of vote," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of handedness

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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