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  1. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
  2. 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 formsa·droit·ly, adverba·droit·ness, nounun·a·droit, adjectiveun·a·droit·ly, adverbun·a·droit·ness, noun
Can be confusedadroit à droite

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1, 2. See dexterous.

Antonyms for adroit

1. clumsy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for adroitness

dexterity, deftness, skill, ability, cleverness

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  1. skilful or dexterous
  2. quick in thought or reaction
Derived Formsadroitly, adverbadroitness, noun

Word Origin for adroit

C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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Word Origin and History for adroitness



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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