Definition of dexterity in English:

dexterity

noun

mass noun
  • Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands.

    ‘her dexterity with chopsticks’
    ‘his record testifies to a certain dexterity in politics’
    • ‘These were tests of their ability to withstand pain and to practise athletic dexterity.’
    • ‘Of course, much political dexterity will be required to keep ties with both China and Japan stable without angering one or the other.’
    • ‘We could not help hugging dear old Cowboy Bill, to whose skill and dexterity, in all probability, we owed our lives.’
    • ‘Kasia is a wonderful musician and plays the violin with great dexterity.’
    • ‘After a few weeks I got so I could move my feet with the same agility and dexterity as my hands.’
    • ‘As her dementia grows severe, she will struggle more with manual dexterity and motor functions, Leverenz says.’
    • ‘It thus encourages mental agility as well as physical dexterity, speed and good hand-eye co-ordination.’
    • ‘Of course the technique was specialized and required dexterity and experience to execute well.’
    • ‘Known simply as hockey in North America, it is a fast and exciting game that requires from its players great skill, dexterity and physical stamina.’
    • ‘This is to a degree a matter of physical skill, training and dexterity.’
    • ‘Whenever he can, on most weekends and when guests are invited, Abnash dons the chef's cap and apron and handles pans and ladles with dexterity.’
    • ‘He has verbal dexterity and rhyming skills which very few rap artists have.’
    • ‘They are the only primates in the world that subsist on grass, and they have the greatest manual dexterity of any monkey on earth.’
    • ‘The Aborigines made a highly interesting exhibition of skill and dexterity in the use of the boomerang and throwing spears.’
    • ‘Scottish working people have traditionally valued intelligence and linguistic dexterity in their political leaders.’
    • ‘On the one hand he had shown a great lack of manual dexterity, but he now showed that he had great talents for learning, especially mathematics.’
    • ‘After that, she began using the chopsticks with increased dexterity and was filling her own stomach in no time.’
    • ‘Not unexpectedly, this building displays John Wardle's architectural dexterity and virtuoso skill.’
    • ‘Ageing affects us all, but under the new pension scheme we will still be expected to continue to be on call and perform with the same dexterity until the age of 65.’
    • ‘Hopeless is the most polite word I can think of to describe my complete lack of skill, coordination and dexterity.’
    deftness, adeptness, adroitness, agility, nimbleness, handiness, ability, capability, talent, skilfulness, skill, proficiency, accomplishment, expertise, experience, efficiency, effortlessness, slickness, mastery, delicacy, knack, facility, artistry, sleight of hand, craft, finesse, felicity
    shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence
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Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘mental adroitness’): from French dextérité, from Latin dexteritas, from dexter ‘on the right’.

Pronunciation

dexterity

/dɛkˈstɛrɪti/