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- n. The state of being dextral
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being on the right-hand side; also, the quality of being right-handed; right-handedness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being on the right side, as opposed to the left.
- n. Superiority in strength and facility in action of the right side of the body; right-handedness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. preference for using the right hand
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This seems to show that "dextrality" is not derived from the experience of the individual in using either hand predominantly for reaching, grasping, holding, etc., within the easiest range of that hand.
"dextrality" in young children -- as the general fact of uneven-handedness may be called -- have not been closely observed.
A full discussion would lead us to the conclusion that dextrality is due to a difference in development in the two hemispheres of the brain, that these differences are hereditary, and that they show themselves toward the end of the first year.
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