Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Variant of skillful.

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  • adj. possessing skill, skilled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See skilful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having reason; endowed with mind; thinking; rational.
  • Conforming to reason or right; reasonable; proper
  • Having trained and practised faculties; possessing practical ability; well qualified for action; able; dexterous; expert.
  • Having ability in a specified direction; versed; experienced; practised: followed by a qualifying phrase or clause.
  • Displaying or requiring skill; indicative of skill; clever; adroit: as, a skilful contrivance.
  • Synonyms Dexterous, Expert, etc. (see adroit), adept, conversant, proficient, accomplished, qualified, intelligent, masterly.

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

  • adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

Etymologies

From Middle English skilful, skylfull, scelvol, equivalent to skill +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus, in the phrase, A skilful artist, you know the adjective _skilful_ is in the positive degree; but, by placing the adverb _more_ before the adjective, we increase the degree of quality denoted by the adjective to the comparative; as, A _more_ skilful artist: and _most_ renders it superlative; as, A _most_ skilful artist.

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  • By fair means, or foul -- he himself ignored the last word and would have substituted the term skilful for it -- Pemberton Bryce meant to have Mary

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  • CPDM militants in Bafanji, Balikumbat Subdivision, have praised President Paul Biya, who is Chairman of the party, for what they described as his skilful handling of the Bakassi crisis.

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  • And our challenge as well, if we are lucky and skilful, is to make that confidence contagious, so that every Canadian feels the pride in Canada that Quebecers feel in Quebec.

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  • And Nakula, the favourite of his brothers taught by Drona, became known as a skilful warrior and a great car-warrior (Ati-ratha).

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  • The matter was in skilful hands; for the days rolled on, after that eventful excursion, with great smoothness.

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  • ; the cook took the meat and went with it to the kitchen, where he cooked it and dressed it in skilful fashion with a mighty fine onion-sauce and hot spices; after which he ladled it out into two saucers and set them before the King and the Wazir, who took each a dish and gave their wives to eat of the meat.

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  • And much harder still is the process of simply sitting down and putting one word after another in skilful sequence to construct whatever it is you’re trying to build: making it interesting, fresh, groundbreaking, new.

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  • Those who were called skilful leaders of old knew how to drive a wedge between the enemy's front and rear; to prevent co-operation between his large and small divisions; to hinder the good troops from rescuing the bad, the officers from rallying their men.

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  • For in arts of all kinds, he who knows any one of them is called a skilful man in the art of generalship, or of ruling, or of healing equally.

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