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ambidexterity

[am-bi-dek-ster-i-tee]
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noun
  1. ambidextrous ease, skill, or facility.
  2. unusual cleverness.
  3. duplicity; deceitfulness.
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Origin of ambidexterity

First recorded in 1645–55; ambidexter + -ity
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Related Words

double-dealingdeceptionhypocrisydeceitdishonestyphoniness

Examples from the Web for ambidexterity

Historical Examples

  • This is very desirable in many games and should be done aside from any theories as to the value of ambidexterity.

    Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium

    Jessie H. Bancroft

  • Talk about ambidexterity—Martin didn't know what it would be like to use one hand at a time.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Is there any phase of life in which ambidexterity would not be a factor of the greatest value?

    Chats on Angling

    H. V. Hart-Davis

  • And herein, I think, we find the true answer to Charles Reade's mistaken notion of the advantages of ambidexterity.

    Falling in Love

    Grant Allen

  • Both, as in ambidexterity, the ability to use both hands with equal ease.


Word Origin and History for ambidexterity

n.

1650s, from obsolete adjective ambidexter "two-sided, using both hands with equal facility," also "double-dealing," from Medieval Latin ambidexter (see ambidextrous) + -ity.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ambidexterity in Medicine

ambidexterity

(ăm′bĭ-dĕk-stĕrĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The state or quality of being ambidextrous.
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