Dexterity

Dex*ter"i*ty

(?), n. [L. dexteritas, fr. dexter: cf. F. dextrit. See Dexter.] 1. Right-handedness.
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2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with the chisel.
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In youth quick bearing and dexterity.
Shak.
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3. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness.
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His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity to deliver himself.
Bacon.
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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.
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