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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Employing such devices is a fine test of sheer writing skill, of careful and adroit manipulation of language.
▪ In the long run, however, adroit its marketing, takeover may be the only solution.
▪ One reason is that Clinton is a far more adroit politician than Dukakis.
▪ Self-defeating organizations are nothing if not adroit at minimizing the costs of their destructive or ineffectual actions.
▪ Since then he has shown every sign of being a pragmatist, an adroit politician and a very hard worker.
▪ The subdivision of stock into subject groups calls for flexible and adroit administration.
▪ They are highly efficient and especially adroit at cutting out excessive steps and cumbersome procedures.
▪ They were remarkably adroit in their cultivation of the foreign press.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Adroit \A*droit"\, a. [F. adroit; [`a] (L. ad) = droit straight, right, fr. L. directus, p. p. of dirigere. See Direct.] Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; -- applied to persons and to acts; as, an adroit mechanic, an adroit reply. ``Adroit in the application of the telescope and quadrant.''
--Horsley. ``He was adroit in intrigue.''

Syn: Dexterous; skillful; expert; ready; clever; deft; ingenious; cunning; ready-witted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. dexterous, deft or skillful

  1. adj. skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; "cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"; "came up with a clever story"; "an ingenious press agent"; "an ingenious scheme" [syn: clever, ingenious]

  2. quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator" [ant: maladroit]


Adroit may refer to:

  • Adroit class minesweeper, a U.S. Navy minesweeper class
  • Adroitness, a personality trait related to agreeableness
  • HMAS Adroit (P 82), an Attack-class patrol boat
  • L'Adroit class destroyer, a group of fourteen French navy destroyers
  • USS Adroit (AM-82), an Adroit-class minesweeper
  • USS Adroit (MSO-509), an Acme-class minesweeper
  • USS Adroit (SP-248), a steam yacht

Usage examples of "adroit".

Weeden gave it to his companion after the end, as a mute clue to the abnormality which had occurred, or whether, as is more probable, Smith had it before, and added the underscoring himself from what he had managed to extract from his friend by shrewd guessing and adroit cross-questioning.

Irene, who had evidently never engaged in such a combat before, was not nearly so adroit as Marcoline.

Fancy a confident country-girl--supreme in her own district over the Hobs and Hinnies thereabouts--in conflict with the adroit man of the world, and you have the whole history of Margaret Cooper, and the secret of her misfortune.

Nevertheless, the horrible grouping together of facts, as the young Seditionist had grouped them for him, their adroit placing together, with the hideous, unavoidable connection between them, upset him tremendously.

Miranda-Escobedo-Baum Supreme Court decisions so adroit and simplified even a confirmed tautologist would have applauded.

Chrysantheme is certainly an adroit markswoman, and we admire her as much as she expected.

You see, messieurs, that not only happiness but piety may hang on a hair, and those holy saints to whom the faithful pray were, without doubt, adroit perruquiers who understand their cue.

Sick and erring hearts showed themselves to her in utter sincerity, while, with unwearied sympathy and adroit wisdom, she poured on them, drop by drop, the light, the truth, the life, they needed.

If he concerned himself with these latter subjects at all, it was only because he could express his radical ideas through them, by an adroit use of Aesopian language, with a little more freedom.

As soon as I can, I shall start some adroit inquiries, but for you to come out and admit to an extraplanetary origin would mean your death without further explanation to you or from you.

He had kept his small crew afloat by adroit grantsmanship and by using the fact that tachyons, as the newest of the new, had a clear intellectual claim to whatever funds remained in the National Research Council.

The fact is, barracudas are adroit jumpers, especially in pursuit of bait fish.

To think that a man as shrewd, as subtle-minded, as quick-witted, and adroit as himself--a man who had passed through so many troubled epochs, who had served with the same obsequious countenance all the masters who would accept his services--to think that such a man should have been thus duped and betrayed!

It will be conjectured without difficulty that, with a nature so full of impulse, so excitable, as that of Margaret Cooper--particularly in the company of an adroit man like Stevens, whose purpose was to encourage her in that language and feeling of egotism which, while it was the most grateful exercise to herself, was that which most effectually served to blind her to his designs--her action was always animated, expressively adapting itself, not only to the words she uttered, but, even when she did not speak, to the feelings by which she was governed.

This was as much as to tell me that he was an adroit sharper, or, in other words, a skilful corrector of fortune's mistakes.