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  • Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands.
          Playing computer games can improve your manual dexterity.
  • An attribute / statistic in a roleplaying game, describing agility
          My character in the game is very lithe, he has a high dexterity.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dex*ter"i*ty (?), n. [L. dexteritas, fr. dexter: cf. F. dextérité. See Dexter.] 1. Right-handedness.

2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with the chisel.

In youth quick bearing and dexterity.
Shak.

3. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness.

His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity to deliver himself.
Bacon.

He had conducted his own defense with singular boldness and dexterity.
Hallam.

Syn. -- Adroitness; activity; nimbleness; expertness; skill; cleverness; art; ability; address; tact; facility; aptness; aptitude; faculty. See Skill.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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