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adroit Syllabification: a·droit
Pronunciation: /əˈdroit/

Definition of adroit in English:

adjective

Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind: 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.’
Synonyms
quick-witted, quick-thinking, clever, smart, sharp, cunning, wily, resourceful, astute, shrewd, canny
informal nifty, crack, mean, ace, A1, clueful, on the ball, savvy, crackerjack

Origin

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

More
  • This is an adoption from French, from the phrase à droit ‘according to right’, ‘properly’.

Words that rhyme with adroit

dacoit, Detroit, doit, droit, exploit, maladroit, quoit

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