- 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 adroitly
Simon Elegant, in Time, writes on how Mo adroitly negotiates the edges of censorship.60 Second Guide to Mo Yan: 2012 Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
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October 11, 2012
The result enabled others in the administration, like Geithner, to play Emanuel adroitly.‘The Escape Artists’ Speed Read: Best Bits on How Obama Bungled Financial Reform
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"Then see that you use him adroitly to your work," said his mother.The Lion's Skin
Adroitly he leaped into the seat of the charioteer and seized the reins.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
He adroitly slipped some napoleons into the man's hand as he spoke.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Thereupon she pushed me adroitly, and made me fall' an the sofa.
He was lame, but he walked so adroitly that his defect did not appear.
- 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 adroitly
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