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Below you will find the definition of maladroit, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - not adroit
EXAMPLES - Maladroit in a Sentence
- It could have been fussy and maladroit, but it is not. (source)
- Alan Johnson said immigration policy had been "maladroit". (source)
- Vengeful punishment is ethically maladroit and economically foolish. (source)
- We sometimes refer to this kind of behavioral mistake as "maladroit". (source)
- Hillary Clinton's recent foray was a veritable textbook of maladroit maneuvers. (source)
- Obviously, Tonight has been censored for the radio, to the maladroit "loving you". (source)
- "maladroit" in their handling of the issue - said immigration had been good for Britain (source)
- Life is harsh, as are the consequences of maladroit social organization, however well-intentioned. (source)
- Q: You talked with journalists and jihadists and found some odd things, such as maladroit bombers ... (source)
- "He is maladroit socially, which allows me to form a sort of mentor relationship with him," Cryer tells TV Guide Magazine. (source)
- They may repeat this feat in 2012, if President Obama proves as rigid and maladroit in his second biennium as in his first. (source)
- The truth is that the enemy in this case is not only ignorant, stupid and maladroit, he is also in a mindset which is opaque. (source)
- No way would Hoon & Hewitt have been so maladroit as to run a ruse that they had not run past many people in power before they did it. (source)
- They are so politically maladroit, the best they can serve up for a nation that is hungry for solutions is a stone-cold dish of Bush doggie bags. (source)
- He says this and previous Governments have been "maladroit" (I think that means they have been shite as Governments) in the handling of immigration > (source)
- To emphasize what he calls the "manifest implausibility" of Brown's scheme, Mr. Horwitz presents him as a maladroit leader with a fragmented following. (source)
- Ideas that looked good only two years back like cutting taxes and IHT are no longer feasible because of the maladroit handling of out finances by Brown. (source)
- The cabinet minister offering that friendly assessment was Ken Clarke who then set off a flash mob against himself with his maladroit remarks about rape. (source)
- John and Elizabeth are a vain empty suit and Lady MacBeth; Hillary is as calculating, hard-edged, maladroit, and ideological as her critics have always maintained. (source)
- Had the smooth, Fettesian Blair been competing instead of the socially maladroit Brown, the tournament could have doubled as the first-ever soft-skills It's a Knock Out. (source)
- She had never felt herself quite so maladroit at conversation before; she learned nothing of him, until their conversation lulled for a moment, and he sat back in his chair. (source)
- The maladroit repetition of "newest" and "new" is meant to assure us that our author knows precisely what the facade of the Royal Institution looked like in the spring of 1812. (source)
- One is a charmlessly aggressive factory worker, the second is bent on social advancement by way of a steady job in insurance, the third is a dim-witted, maladroit railway porter. (source)
- However, the anti-Lieberman forces have decided that a guy who is a biography clone of Mark Dayton (who was pretty much a cipher as a senator) is a better deal than a self-serving, maladroit double-dealer. (source)
- The agencies were caught off guard by the Iranian authorities 'maladroit handling of election results (an overwhelming Ahmadinejad victory was announced only hours after the polls closed) and by what came next. (source)
- Alan Johnson admits Labour has been 'maladroit' in its handling of ministers to acknowledge they've made a shambles of immigration - and then two weekend, with the universal rejection of his international transaction (source)
- But, apart from the administration's maladroit handling of its diplomatic exchanges with Tehran, poor grasp of on-the-ground realities in Iran, and mixed messaging, it is important to consider the substance of what the president said. (source)
- President Obama's decision to replace the politically maladroit McChrystal with David Petraeus is being applauded in Washington and other Western capitals in good measure because Petraeus is supposedly a more politically adept manager. (source)
- History shows that dictators and absolutist kings ruled Spain ever since Roman times, except for the period of the Visigoths 415 - 725 A.D., when something close to democracy happened, and the two maladroit republics in the 20th century. (source)
- Glenn Greenwald, unsurprisingly, makes the case that the criticism of the Obama administration for being maladroit in its efforts to get a health care reform bill from Congress which has a strong public option component is missing the point. (source)
- In a speech, Mr Johnson said Labour had been "maladroit" in its handling of the issue and also accepted some parts of Britain were "disproportionately" affected by immigration, with an influx of new arrivals putting a "strain" on jobs and services. (source)
- On Saturday night, Toney will match up against one of the super novas in mma, risking his limbs, and much worse for him, the prospect that, like Ray Mercer against the maladroit Kimbo Slice, he will be taken down, pummeled, and utterly humiliated as a fighter. (source)
- Capello needs a personal skills coach not an interpreterLike the chairman of England's cricket selectors who said he hadn't heard the suggestion that the game thought he was out of touch, Fabio Capello is not quite getting the message about his maladroit communication skills. (source)
- The review in the Los Angeles Times captured much of the apparent consensus about the movie, including the characterizations of Mark Zuckerberg as "extremely unlikable," "self-absorbed and arrogant," and "socially maladroit" (and, it had to be acknowledged, "fearsomely smart"). (source)
- Interviewed by Andrew Neil, Peter Hain admitted that government failure on housing and migration had heightened the BNP's appeal, and, in an interview in this morning's Independent, Alan Johnson elaborates on his claim that successive governments have been "maladroit" in handling immigration. (source)
- Immigration has proved a particularly sensitive issue in the UK with the British National Party (BNP) growing in support according to some polls and home secretary Alan Johnson admitting that the government's handling of immigration had increased pressure on public services and had been "maladroit". (source)
- That's certainly true of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a socially maladroit Harvard sophomore computer nerd who, in the opening scene of the film, buzzily delineates his single-minded quest to be recruited by one of Harvard's elite social clubs, over beers with his girlfriend (the protean Rooney Mara). (source)
- Yet its specific emotional gravity is surprisingly high, and the overall effect is less farcical than melancholy, especially in the poignant scene in which Bing, Mr. Guare's maladroit alter ego, runs into an ex-girlfriend (Mary Birdsong) and finds that his failure looks like success from her suburban point of view. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "maladroit" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 18 synonyms for maladroit.
all thumbs, blundering, bumbling, bungling, clunky, floundering, gauche, halting, heavy-handed, inept, inexpert, klutzy, lumbering, stumbling, two left feet, ungraceful, unhandy, unskillful
We have 7 antonyms for maladroit.
able, capable, diplomatic, nice, sensitive, skillful, tactful
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of maladroit from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
- (noun) An inept person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) inept; clumsy; awkward; not adroit
- (noun) Somebody who is inept, or lacking in skill, or talent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of a quality opposed to adroitness; clumsy; awkward; unskillful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not adroit or dexterous; inexpert; clumsy; awkward; unhandy; bungling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) not adroit