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dexterity Line breaks: dex¦ter|ity
Pronunciation: /dɛkˈstɛrɪti/

Definition of dexterity in English:


[mass noun]
Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands: her dexterity with chopsticks his record testifies to a certain dexterity in politics
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  • He has verbal dexterity and rhyming skills which very few rap artists have.
  • Known simply as hockey in North America, it is a fast and exciting game that requires from its players great skill, dexterity and physical stamina.
  • We could not help hugging dear old Cowboy Bill, to whose skill and dexterity, in all probability, we owed our lives.
deftness, adeptness, adroitness, agility, nimbleness, handiness, ability, capability, talent, skilfulness, skill, proficiency, accomplishment, expertise, experience, efficiency, effortlessness, slickness, mastery, delicacy, knack, facility, artistry, sleight of hand, craft, finesse, felicity
informal niftiness, wizardry
shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence;
ingenuity, inventiveness, cleverness, smartness;
sensitivity, alertness, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, discrimination, sagacity, sageness;
cunning, artfulness, craftiness, wiliness, calculation, calculatedness
informal nous, horse sense, savvy
rare sapience, arguteness


Early 16th century (in the sense 'mental adroitness'): from French dextérité, from Latin dexteritas, from dexter 'on the right'.

Words that rhyme with dexterity

ambidexterity, asperity, austerity, celerity, ferrety, posterity, prosperity, severity, sincerity, temerity, verity
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