Masterly Mas"ter*ly, a. 1. Suitable to, or characteristic of, a master; indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power; showing a master's hand; as, a masterly design; a masterly performance; a masterly policy. ``A wise and masterly inactivity.'' --Sir J. Mackintosh. [1913 Webster]

2. Imperious; domineering; arbitrary. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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