Synonyms & Antonyms of adroit

accomplished with trained ability
  • with an adroit flick of the wrist, flipped the omelet into the air and landed it squarely back in the pan

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How is the word adroit different from other adjectives like it?

The words deft and dexterous are common synonyms of adroit. While all three words mean "ready and skilled in physical movement," adroit implies dexterity but usually also stresses resourcefulness or artfulness or inventiveness.

the magician's adroit response to the failure of her prop won applause

When might deft be a better fit than adroit?

Although the words deft and adroit have much in common, deft emphasizes lightness, neatness, and sureness of touch or handling.

a surgeon's deft manipulation of the scalpel

In what contexts can dexterous take the place of adroit?

The words dexterous and adroit can be used in similar contexts, but dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and quickness in manipulation.

unrolled the sleeping bag with a dexterous toss

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The first known use of adroit was in 1652

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“Adroit.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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