having the hands lightly or only slightly encumbered, as with parcels or bundles.
having a light touch; handling things delicately and deftly.

Origin of light-handed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formslight-hand·ed·ly, adverblight-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of light-handed

  • Claudia Roden's approach to Middle Eastern culinary culture is at once light-handed and scholarly.

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