Definition of adroit in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈdrɔɪt


Clever or skilful: he was adroit at tax avoidance
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  • Even the most clever, adroit, and skillful legislature cannot achieve zero risk in human affairs.
  • My hands are bigger, and more adroit, with nimble fingers that can tie shoes, unwrap candies, and get the sand out from between my toes before we leave the beach.
  • The adroit and intelligent use of other men's work, says Prodwit, ‘leads to public applause and adequate remuneration.’
quick-witted, quick-thinking, quick, clever, intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, sharp, cunning, artful, wily, resourceful, astute, shrewd, canny, ingenious, inventive
informal nifty, nippy, crack, mean, wicked, wizard, demon, ace, A1, on the ball, savvy, genius
North American informal crackerjack
archaic compleat, rathe


mid 17th century: from French, from à droit 'according to right, properly'.



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  • In Bril's Flight into Egypt the Holy Family is escorted by a solicitous herd of goats, amusingly and adroitly delineated.
  • If the outlines of this sketch were adroitly demarcated by the script, the vivid imagery is further enhanced thanks to performances that are spectacular triumphs for the actors.
  • The much-vaunted idea that Burns was ‘a hero-martyr of the working and peasant classes’ and scourge of the establishment is adroitly deflated.

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