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Related to left-handedness: Lefthanded, Right handed


a. Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.
b. Sports Swinging from left to right: a left-handed batter; a left-handed golfer.
a. Done with the left hand.
b. Intended for wear on or use by the left hand: left-handed scissors.
3. Awkward; maladroit.
4. Of doubtful sincerity; dubious: left-handed flattery; a left-handed compliment.
5. Of, relating to, or born of a morganatic marriage.
a. Turning or spiraling from right to left; counterclockwise.
b. Rotating counterclockwise; levorotatory.
1. With the left hand.
2. Sports From the left to the right: swings left-handed.

left′-hand′ed·ly adv.
left′-hand′ed·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.left-handedness - the status of being born of a morganatic marriage
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
2.left-handedness - preference for using the left hand
handedness, laterality - the property of using one hand more than the other
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(left) adjective
on, for, or belonging to, the side of the body that in most people has the less skilful hand (the side of a person or thing which is toward the west when that person or thing is facing north-opposite to right). She wore an engagement ring on her left hand; They drive on the left side of the road in Britain.
to or towards this side. He turned left at the end of the road.
1. the left side, part etc. He sat on her left; She turned to her left; Take the first road on the left; Keep to the left!
2. within a political party, Parliament etc, the most radical or socialist group.
ˈleft-hand adjective
1. at the left; to the left of something else. the bottom left-hand drawer of the desk.
2. towards the left. a left-hand bend in the road.
left-ˈhanded adjective
having the left hand more skilful than the right.
left-ˈhandedness noun
left-ˈwing adjective
(having opinions which are) radical, socialist or communist.
left wing
the left of a political party.
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