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clever

adjective

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1 showing a noteworthy use of the imagination and creativity especially in inventing
  • an inventor who was constantly coming up with clever devices for doing everyday chores
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2 having or showing quickness of mind
  • A clever student figured out a trick to do the assignment faster.
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3 skillful with the hands
  • The Shakers were clever artisans who created many ingenious and highly useful devices.
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5 having the skill and imagination to create new things
  • I wonder what clever person thought of the digital camera!
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clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude.
    • a person clever with horses
adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties.
    • an adroit negotiator
cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating.
    • a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects
ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something.
    • an ingenious software engineer

synonyms see in addition intelligent



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