- expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
- cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater.
Origin of adroit
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1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept.
1, 2. See dexterous.
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Examples from the Web for adroit
He is adroit and dry, and balances humor with the humanity of life.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer
July 2, 2014
Modern circumstances require an adroit approach to the manner in which our foreign policy is being implemented.Sen. Jim Webb: Congress Must OK Military Intervention
Sen. Jim Webb
May 18, 2012
Sometimes, to be unmemorable is to be adroit; and tonight, Obama was deeply unmemorable—and very adroit.A Triumphantly Unmemorable Address
January 25, 2011
In Petraeus, Obama also gets an Afghan commander as adroit at handling the press as McChrystal was suicidal.Petraeus, a Master of Spin
June 23, 2010
And the tea-party, under Gino's adroit management, receded ever and ever before her.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
These were adroit, and posed as her friends while plotting the ruin of both.
I am trailing two of the most adroit villains that ever committed crime.
Naturally the variations are sheer Barrie and of the most adroit.
The brand had been changed by an adroit touch or two of a running-iron.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- skilful or dexterous
- quick in thought or reaction
C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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Word Origin and History for adroit
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