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[mas-ter-lee, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tər li, ˈmɑ stər-/

like or befitting a , as in skill or art; worthy of a ; very skillful:
a masterly presentation of the budget.
in a masterly manner.
of the skill befitting a master: a masterly performance

1530s, “overbearing;” 1660s, “skillful,” from master (n.) + -ly.


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