V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: displaying physical or mental skill

Synonyms: skilled, adept, clever, inventive, expert

Antonyms: maladroit, clumsy, unskilled, dense

Tips: Adroit is derived from the French à droit, “by right.” The meaning “skillful” evolved from the idea of doing something "right"--correctly, properly, or well. Adroit is related to adept and deft. See deft for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

The repair was not difficult for the adroit handyman. (skilled, adept)

Barry's adroit driving helped to avoid a serious accident. (skilled, expert)

The Senator has become a politically adroit advocate of long-overdue reforms, bringing several important bills before congress. (skilled, clever)

The attorney was known as an adroit litigator. (clever, adept)

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