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Definition skillful in action or thought
  • She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
  • an adroit technician
  • an adroit negotiator
  • his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers
  • No one wanted to risk sending in another MH-47 helicopter, since the Taliban seemed to have become very adroit at knocking them down.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • adroit = skilled
  • "Adroit, McCourt. You have a mind for the priesthood, my boy, or politics."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • adroit = skillful
  • mother is not a very "adroit" liar about things like that.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • adroit = skillful
  • Twenty times she seemed almost to be submerged by these mountains of water which rose behind her; but the adroit management of the pilot saved her.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • adroit = skillful
  • The littlest kid, the one who had been last out of the door, was the first to arrive at the correct wall, and he caught himself adroitly.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • adroitly = skillfully
  • Poirot managed adroitly to help the good lady to replace the contents of her handbag, and he then shepherded her towards the door.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • adroitly = skillfully
  • Adroitly Rogers slipped between the two women.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • adroitly = skillfully
  • Seizing adroitly on the name, Poirot said:
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • adroitly = skillfully
  • It appears incredible to me that any kind of trick, however subtly conceived and however adroitly done, could have been played upon us under these conditions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • adroitly = skillfully
  • He had once referred to it as nonsense numerology and had said that anything could be proved that way, all that had to be done was to shift letters around adroitly so as to make the values come out any way you wanted.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • adroitly = with skill
  • By November, my father had mastered what he called an "adroit hobble," and when Buckley egged him on he would do a contorted skip that, as long as it made his son laugh, didn't make him think of how odd and desperate he might look to an outsider or to my mother.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • adroit = skillful
  • ...she was so instinctively neat and adroit in all her actions, and her pretty lips met each other with such quiet firmness, that it would have been difficult for her to appear agitated.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible—these distinguish an adroit politician
  • THE ADROIT Sans souci, we call the clan Of merry creatures so, then; Go a-foot no more we can, And on our heads we go, then.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • She'll be adroit enough to lie well, I can see that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • All Shadowhunters were adroit, but she moved now with a silent grace that Clary found oddly chilling.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls

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