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Very skilled or accomplished. See Synonyms at proficient.
n. (ăd′ĕpt′)
A highly skilled person; an expert: "political consequences in getting rid of all the skeptics, unbelievers, and adepts of rival faiths" (Gene Lyons).

[Latin adeptus, past participle of adipīscī, to attain : ad-, ad- + apīscī, to grasp.]

a·dept′ly adv.
a·dept′ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adeptness - skillful performance or ability without difficultyadeptness - skillful performance or ability without difficulty; "his quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was famous for his facility as an archer"
skillfulness - the state of being cognitively skillful
touch - deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch"
dexterity, manual dexterity, sleight - adroitness in using the hands
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Natural or acquired facility in a specific activity:
Informal: know-how.
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While there are many other books that address Catholic higher education, this volume's distinctiveness lies in its focus on "best practices." To be sure, it does not neglect theoretical elements, but the authors' success is found in their adeptness in articulating how theory should translate into "best practices" on Catholic college and university campuses.
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His research identified seven kinds of intelligence - including math and verbal abilities - as well as two personal varieties he called "knowing one's inner world" and "social adeptness."
The trick is not to drop the bottle, but in a specially-designed obstacle course set in the castle's outer bailey, the waiters' speed and adeptness will be sorely tested.
These females also scored lower on a test of word knowledge and reading comprehension and on a parent-completed questionnaire about the extent to which they displayed social insight and adeptness.
Kirk explained that a contender for moderator would be someone with experience in political and current events and who is capable of dealing with the camera and the earpiece, a "certain skill and professional adeptness" for television.
Ride quality is sumptuous, and the "trailer-towing" package enables the Roadmaster to handle with some adeptness. And if you find trouble ahead, just honk the most astonishing horn in the industry!