adroit

Someone who is adroit is clever and skillful. An adroit leader will be able to persuade people to go with his ideas. An adroit sculptor can turn a lump of clay into an object of great beauty.

If you've ever studied French you know that droit means "right," both as in "right of free speech" and as in "left and right," and à droit means both "turn right" and "properly." Once English people borrowed à droit, they changed the meaning slightly, from doing something "properly" to "doing something well." You may have heard the expression "surprisingly adroit," as in, "For a guy whose wife does all the cooking, he is surprisingly adroit in the kitchen."

Definitions of adroit
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    clean, neat
    free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    clever, cunning, ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    co-ordinated, coordinated
    being dexterous in the use of more than one set of muscle movements
    deft, dexterous, dextrous
    skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
    handy
    skillful with the hands
    light-fingered, nimble-fingered
    having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets
    quick-witted
    mentally nimble and resourceful
    artful
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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    Antonyms:
    maladroit
    not adroit
    bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed
    lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    inept, tactless
    revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse
    uncoordinated
    lacking the skillful and effective interaction of muscle movements
    nonmechanical, unmechanical
    (of a person) lacking mechanical skills
    awkward
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
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