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(adj) skillful Origin: L de-, apart + regere, to lead straight => 'to set straight'. This is the etymology of the Latin word directus. As you can see, directus comes from regere. L directus, straight -> Fr droit, straight, right => Fr. a droit, according to the right. The actions that we do with our right hand are skillful while those done with left hand are not. So, a droit came to mean skillful. Adroit tabla player, adroit debater, adroit batsman The boy, with a single turn of the wrist, opened any door as adroitly as a master-thief. The politician adroitly diverted the attention of the journalists away from the difficult issue.

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