adjective SYNONYMY NOTE: dexterous implies an expertness, natural or acquired, demonstrated in the ability to do things
with skill and precision [a dexterous mechanic]; adroit adds to this a connotation of cleverness and resourcefulness and is now generally
used of mental facility [an adroit evasion]; deft suggests a nimbleness and sureness of touch [a deft seamstress]; handy suggests skill, usually without training, at a variety of small tasks [a handy man around the house]
1. having or showing skill in the use of the hands or body
2. having or showing mental skill
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