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

Some of the anecdotes relating to these gentry seem almost incredible for boldness, adroitness, and success.
Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia Maturin M. Ballou

We were indebted for it chiefly to the skill and adroitness of Selina Whiston.
Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home Bayard Taylor

I can soon judge of your value by your adroitness, and you can make your own record!
A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage

And this he did with an adroitness that proved the task to be by no means an unusual one.
Golden Days for Boys and Girls Various

In one instance of this kind, he showed an adroitness in his beneficence which is somewhat amusing.
Homes of American Statesmen Various

The adroitness with which they do this, is quite surprising.
Trade and Travel in the Far East G. F. Davidson

His adroitness in accommodating his prophecies to the alternating chances of the war does him considerable credit as a prophet.
The Superstitions of Witchcraft Howard Williams

With all his adroitness and subtlety, he could get no inkling of their intentions.
‘Me-Smith’ Caroline Lockhart

There is adroitness in both parties, for very seldom do any drops fall aside.
Travels in Central Asia Arminius Vmbry

The adroitness with which this operation was performed showed that it was by no means new to them.
The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid

skilful or dexterous
quick in thought or reaction

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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