Definition of adroit in English:


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  • Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind.

    ‘he was adroit at tax avoidance’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘With an adroit and intelligent adaptation, Ruiz has forced us to reflect on how we make our own lives into stories, and how we tell them to ourselves.’
    • ‘So in the end they could only scrape through 1-0 with a goal by the ever inventive and adroit Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.’
    • ‘You mentioned in your presentation that particularly younger people who are both adroit and adept at the new technology, thrive in that environment.’
    • ‘We were surrounded by gifted cricketers and adroit hockey players, and he owned none of their stylish skills, but you knew this, he would try.’
    • ‘Her poetry displays an adroit mastery of simple language and an eye for the fine threads woven into ordinary lives.’
    • ‘Akin to an artist to his canvas, he plays with an adroit cunning that is matchless to his peers.’
    • ‘I think a larger point maybe to be made is we're looking at a guy who is an inveterate maybe even shameless but wonderfully adroit scene stealer.’
    • ‘In the end, then, Shaw's greatest skill turned out to be not in adroit plot construction, but in creating good roles for actors.’
    • ‘He was a self-taught musician and the beauty of his compositions lies in the adroit mix of folk, Indian classical and western classical music.’
    • ‘Shakespeare, socially adroit and professionally gifted, would have been well placed to make his big career move into the Chamberlain's Men.’
    • ‘Again the Chilingirian chose a very fast tempo, which required the first violin especially to be extremely adroit.’
    • ‘He hoped the venture would help generate tourism as the society planned to invite groups adroit in the ancient art of change-bell ringing to the Barbon church.’
    • ‘He's no naif, living in a fantasy world, but an adroit political player, using an image of weirdness to protect him.’
    • ‘Although the attack was adroit - and enjoyable to read - its arguments are not convincing.’
    • ‘The series was also notable for the wonderfully adroit way it visually mixed the father's past and present, and segued from one to the other.’
    • ‘But his other themes and scenes of domestic crises are present and familiar, played out here with adroit skill and humour’
    • ‘This is an adroit sidestepping of the issue, but a sidestep all the same.’
    skilful, adept, dexterous, deft, agile, nimble, nimble-fingered, handy
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/əˈdroit/ /əˈdrɔɪt/


Mid 17th century from French, from à droit ‘according to right, properly’.