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fluent

[ floo-uhnt ]
/ ˈflu ənt /
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adjective

spoken or written with ease: fluent French.
able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily: a fluent speaker; fluent in six languages.
easy; graceful: fluent motion; fluent curves.
flowing, as a stream.
capable of flowing; fluid, as liquids or gases.
easily changed or adapted; pliant.

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Origin of fluent

1580–90; from Latin fluent- (stem of fluēns ) “flowing,” present participle of fluere; see -ent
1, 2. Fluent, glib, voluble may refer to a flow of words. Fluent suggests the easy and ready flow of an accomplished speaker and is usually a term of commendation: a fluent and interesting speech. Glib implies an excessive fluency divorced from sincerity or profundity; it often suggests talking smoothly and hurriedly to cover up or deceive, not giving the hearer a chance to stop and think; it may also imply a plausible, prepared, and well-rehearsed lie: He had a glib answer for everything. Voluble implies the overcopious and often rapid flow of words characteristic of a person who loves to talk: She overwhelmed him with her voluble answer. See also eloquent.
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British Dictionary definitions for fluent

fluent
/ (ˈfluːənt) /

adjective

able to speak or write a specified foreign language with facility
spoken or written with facilityhis French is fluent
easy and graceful in motion or shape
flowing or able to flow freely
fluently, adverb
C16: from Latin: flowing, from fluere to flow
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