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synonyms for deft

  • adept
  • adroit
  • ingenious
  • nimble
  • proficient
  • quick
  • skillful
  • able
  • apt
  • crack
  • cute
  • dexterous
  • expert
  • fleet
  • handy
  • having good hands
  • having know-how
  • neat
  • prompt
  • ready
  • skilled
See also synonyms for: deftly / deftness
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antonyms for deft

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  • awkward
  • clumsy
  • ignorant
  • incompetent
  • inept
  • slow
  • stupid
  • unable
  • unskilled
  • unhandy
  • unskillful
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How to use deft in a sentence

That’s partly because of the Franco-Malagasy artist’s deft oil-painting technique, which is as classical as her outlook is contemporary.
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They sculpt believable, identifiable characters with a few deft strokes of dialogue, which not only permits us to empathize with them but gives the cast a boost in making them all into fully formed, three-dimensional human beings.
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Bolsonaro is not going to change — no one expects him to suddenly become a deft manager of the pandemic — but circumstances around him might.
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As with the Fiat 500X, the high seating and deft placement of side pillars help with driver visibility.
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In deft transitions, each monologue bleeds into the next — a subtle but potent choice that literalizes the conversation the play hopes to facilitate.
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The “domestic battery” sentence above works well here, transforming from serious to silly with some deft wordplay.
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Freed from locomotion, our arms and hands could become defter at creating and manipulating tools.
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Moss has a deft hand with the stream-of-consciousness format through which she presents each character, from a mother sneaking out for a dawn run to a teen escaping his family with some alone time on a kayak.
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I scream to my silent squadmates when the shot connects, leaving only a shower of sparks and debris as evidence of my deft maneuver.
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With a deft movement the conductor unhooks the board, and calmly walks away with it under his arm.
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