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1. A preference for using one hand as opposed to the other.
2. See chirality.


1. the tendency to use one hand more skilfully or in preference to the other
2. (Chemistry) the property of some chemical substances of rotating the plane of polarized light in one direction rather than another. See also dextrorotation, laevorotation
3. (General Physics) the relation between the vectors of spin and momentum of neutrinos and certain other elementary particles. See also helicity


(ˈhæn dɪd nɪs)

a tendency to use one hand more than the other.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handedness - the property of using one hand more than the other
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
ambidexterity, ambidextrousness - the property of being equally skillful with each hand
sinistrality, left-handedness - preference for using the left hand
dextrality, right-handedness - preference for using the right hand
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