light-hand·​ed ˈlīt-ˌhan-dəd How to pronounce light-handed (audio)
: having a light or delicate touch : facile
a light-handed translation
light-handedness noun

Examples of light-handed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their light-handed approach is still legible in the artifacts and settlement patterns of post-Collapse farming communities and preserved in the flexible tribute schedules for Maya farmers documented by 16th century Spanish monks. Chelsea Fisher, The Conversation, 26 Feb. 2024 Four decades and dozens of films on, Wenders remains a light-handed auteur open to the moment. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2023 The fine seems a little light-handed in this instance, however, since messing with someone’s tree stand can have disastrous (and even fatal) consequences. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of light-handed was in the 15th century

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“Light-handed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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