Definition of maladroit in English:

maladroit

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Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdrɔɪt
 
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adjective

Inefficient or inept; clumsy: both men are unhappy about the maladroit way the matter has been handled
More example sentences
  • This has been an extremely clumsy maladroit approach on the part of the US economic team.
  • This he contrasts to the maladroit policies pursued by the natives after they acquired independence - which included high tariffs, industrial planning, labor protection, and the like.
  • I will only make one observation - the Chinese government has been extraordinarily maladroit over the past six months.
Synonyms

Origin

late 17th century: French.

Derivatives

maladroitly

adverb
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  • I groaned internally as I recalled the plane ride where I had maladroitly gotten sick all over Ross.
  • Legalist institutions that manage that pursuit maladroitly are ultimately swept away.
  • Small-scale land restitution to those who could prove they owned it before 1947 has been maladroitly handled.

maladroitness

noun
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  • Unfortunately it appears that Mr Rahman's maladroitness precedes him.
  • Not only is the moment not particularly funny, its maladroitness ruins any momentum the film had been building.
  • Mishaps and maladroitness end in pairing for all, as their love ‘started in eternity and will last till doomsday’.

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