Definition of adroit in English:

adroit

Syllabification: a·droit
Pronunciation: /əˈdroit
 
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adjective

Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind: he was adroit at tax avoidance
More example sentences
  • 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
skillful, adept, dexterous, deft, nimble, able, capable, skilled, expert, masterly, masterful, master, practiced, handy, polished, slick, proficient, accomplished, gifted, talented; 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'.

Derivatives

adroitly

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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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