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  • n. The characteristic of being deft.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being deft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being deft; neat or subtle dexterity; aptness.
  • n. Elegance; beauty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. skillful performance or ability without difficulty

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Examples

  • The workmen, being anxious to display their skill to an expert, surpassed themselves in deftness and activity.

    Indiana

  • 'made pliable,' or 'flexible' conveying the notion of deftness and dexterity rather than that of simple strength.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

  • She possesses the secret of that feminine deftness which is the great set-off to feminine weakness.

    The Ink-Stain (Tache d'encre) — Complete

  • That's not "deftness," it's crude corruption of the kind that Reid and the Democrats ran against in 2006 and 2008.

    GayPatriot

  • And that contra many wags, the deftness and skill of Bill Cinton was of no use when he faced similar headwinds?

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • It will come by humor, by deftness, by ducking the police, season after season after season.

    Donna Schaper: You Can't Evict The Human Spirit

  • David's usual deftness at juggling several simultaneous plotlines and suddenly uniting them to comic effect seems to have partly deserted him, or deserted his co-writers the credits list Larry, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer as scriptwriters.

    Curb your Enthusiasm – season eight, episode one

  • That man was Dick Fuld, who later achieved notoriety as the captain of the investment bank as it went down with all hands, but even in the mid 1980s he was demonstrating a deftness of touch.

    Big Bang's shockwaves left us with today's big bust

  • With the strength and deftness of the athlete he was, Rickie pushed her against the side of the stall and thrust his rod into her, swallowing the pleasurable growl of penetration that was trying to escape his lips.

    I.O.U.

  • Many of the dozens of animals depicted around the walls of the chamber are drawn with great deftness as outlines devoid of interior shading.

    Before History, Niaux's Art

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