Adroit



expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious:
an adroit debater.
Contemporary Examples

He is adroit and dry, and balances humor with the humanity of life.
Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer Tim Teeman July 1, 2014

Modern circumstances require an adroit approach to the manner in which our foreign policy is being implemented.
Sen. Jim Webb: Congress Must OK Military Intervention Sen. Jim Webb May 17, 2012

In Petraeus, Obama also gets an Afghan commander as adroit at handling the press as McChrystal was suicidal.
Petraeus, a Master of Spin Ellen Knickmeyer June 22, 2010

Sometimes, to be unmemorable is to be adroit; and tonight, Obama was deeply unmemorable—and very adroit.
A Triumphantly Unmemorable Address Tunku Varadarajan January 24, 2011

Historical Examples

He frequently came to her side, but she as frequently made an adroit excuse to leave him.
A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties Charles Major

I am trailing two of the most adroit villains that ever committed crime.
Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee

They were adroit in executing a thousand stratagems, ambuscadoes, and evolutions.
Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada Washington Irving

Naturally the variations are sheer Barrie and of the most adroit.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, April 28, 1920 Various

At length the canoes were beaten back, and thirty-six of them captured by an adroit ruse.
Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd

The brand had been changed by an adroit touch or two of a running-iron.
Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine

adjective
skilful or dexterous
quick in thought or reaction
adj.

1650s, “dexterous,” originally “rightly,” from French adroit, from phrase à droit “according to right,” from Old French à “to” (see ad-) + droit “right,” from Late Latin directum “right, justice,” accusative of Latin directus “straight” (see direct (v.)). Related: Adroitly; adroitness.

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