Synonyms & Antonyms of skillful

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1 accomplished with trained ability
  • the ice skater performed a skillful and graceful series of jumps

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Synonyms & Antonyms of skillfulness (Entry 2 of 2)

subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something
  • the skillfulness with which she handled that touchy situation is indeed admirable

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How is the word skillful distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of skillful are adept, expert, proficient, and skilled. While all these words mean "having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession," skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance.

skillful drivers

In what contexts can adept take the place of skillful?

While in some cases nearly identical to skillful, adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency.

adept at doing long division

When is it sensible to use expert instead of skillful?

Although the words expert and skillful have much in common, expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill.

expert in the evaluation of wines

When would proficient be a good substitute for skillful?

The synonyms proficient and skillful are sometimes interchangeable, but proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice.

proficient in translating foreign languages

When might skilled be a better fit than skillful?

While the synonyms skilled and skillful are close in meaning, skilled stresses mastery of technique.

a skilled surgeon

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The first known use of skillful was in the 14th century

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“Skillful.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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