Dexterity Dex*ter"i*ty, n. [L. dexteritas, fr. dexter: cf. F. dext['e]rit['e]. See {Dexter}.] 1. Right-handedness. [1913 Webster]

2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with the chisel. [1913 Webster]

In youth quick bearing and dexterity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness. [1913 Webster]

His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity to deliver himself. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

He had conducted his own defense with singular boldness and dexterity. --Hallam.

Syn: Adroitness; activity; nimbleness; expertness; skill; cleverness; art; ability; address; tact; facility; aptness; aptitude; faculty. See {Skill}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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