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1. Clumsy; awkward.
2. Tactless; indiscreet.
3. Oppressive; harsh.
2. harsh and oppressive
1. clumsy; graceless.
2. oppressive; harsh.
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|Adj.||1.||heavy-handed - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse|
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"
|2.||heavy-handed - unjustly domineering; "incensed at the government's heavy-handed economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"|
domineering - tending to domineer