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[uh-droit] /əˈdrɔɪt/
expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious:
an adroit debater.
Origin of adroit
1645-55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct
Related forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
unadroit, adjective
unadroitly, adverb
unadroitness, noun
Can be confused
adroit, à droite.
1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept.
1. clumsy.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See dexterous. Unabridged
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  • And the tea-party, under Gino's adroit management, receded ever and ever before her.

  • These were adroit, and posed as her friends while plotting the ruin of both.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • I am trailing two of the most adroit villains that ever committed crime.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • 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
  • Lady Constance was a distinguished beauty of two seasons; fresh, but adroit.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for adroit


skilful or dexterous
quick in thought or reaction
Derived Forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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Word Origin and History for adroit

1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from French adroit, from phrase à droit "according to right," from Old French à "to" (see ad-) + droit "right," from Late Latin directum "right, justice," accusative of Latin directus "straight" (see direct (v.)). Related: Adroitly; adroitness.

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