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adroit


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adroit  \A*droit"\,  a.  [F.  adroit;  [`a]  (L.  ad)  =  droit  straight, 
  right  fr  L.  directus  p.  p.  of  dirigere  See  {Direct}.] 
  Dexterous  in  the  use  of  the  hands  or  in  the  exercise  of  the 
  mental  faculties;  exhibiting  skill  and  readiness  in  avoiding 
  danger  or  escaping  difficulty;  ready  in  invention  or 
  execution;  --  applied  to  persons  and  to  acts  as  an  adroit 
  mechanic,  an  adroit  reply.  ``Adroit  in  the  application  of  the 
  telescope  and  quadrant.''  --Horsley.  ``He  was  adroit  in 
  intrigue.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  Dexterous;  skillful;  expert;  ready;  clever;  deft; 
  ingenious;  cunning;  ready-witted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adroit 
  adj  1:  skillful  (or  showing  skill)  in  adapting  means  to  ends  "cool 
  prudence  and  sensitive  selfishness  along  with  quick 
  perception  of  what  is  possible--these  distinguish  an 
  adroit  politician";  "came  up  with  a  clever  story";  "an 
  ingenious  press  agent";  "an  ingenious  scheme"  [syn:  {clever}, 
  {ingenious}] 
  2:  quick  or  skillful  or  adept  in  action  or  thought;  "an 
  exceptionally  adroit  pianist";  "an  adroit  technician"; 
  "his  adroit  replies  to  hecklers  won  him  many  followers"; 
  "an  adroit  negotiator"  [ant:  {maladroit}] 




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