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maladroit

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1 lacking or showing a lack of nimbleness in using one's hands
  • Some maladroit steering on her part caused the bicycle to go crashing into the bushes.
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2 showing or marked by a lack of skill and tact (as in dealing with a situation)
  • The governor has been criticized for his maladroit handing of the budget crisis.
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awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact.
    • periods of awkward silence
clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill.
    • a clumsy mechanic
maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations.
    • a maladroit politician
inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy.
    • a hopelessly inept defense attorney
gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding.
    • felt gauche and unsophisticated at formal parties

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