: relating to, being, or providing direct practical experience in the operation or functioning of something
hands-on training
also : involving or allowing use of or touching with the hands
a hands-on museum display
: characterized by active personal involvement
a hands-on manager

Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hands-on was in 1969

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“Hands-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands-on. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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