well-han·​dled ˈwel-ˈhan-dᵊld How to pronounce well-handled (audio)
: managed or administered efficiently
: having been handled a great deal
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Examples of well-handled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That scene was potentially such a minefield, but so well-handled. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Aug. 2023 With most action confined to the family home, Bulgaria passes well enough for Anytown, U.S.A., and technical contributions all around are well-handled. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 19 July 2023 There’s a light feminist streak here, as both Amanda and Sinh save each other from despair at various points, while a callback that sees Amanda navigating chaotic city traffic as a pedestrian — thus showcasing her evolving confidence — is well-handled. Courtney Howard, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-handled was in the 15th century

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“Well-handled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-handled. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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