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dexterous

variants: also dextrous

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1 skillful with the hands

  • the dexterous watchmaker was able to repair the antique watch's delicate gears and parts
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2 accomplished with trained ability

  • dexterous handling of a potentially embarrassing situation
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dexterous, adroit, deft mean ready and skilled in physical movement. dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and quickness in manipulation.
    • unrolled the sleeping bag with a dexterous toss
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
deft emphasizes lightness, neatness, and sureness of touch or handling.
    • a surgeon's deft manipulation of the scalpel

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