• WordNet 3.6
    • n maladroitness unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maladroitness The character of being maladroit; clumsiness; awkwardness; want of skill or tact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maladroitness want of adroitness: awkwardness
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In literature:

It was a maladroit speech.
"Clarence" by Bret Harte
Some would have called Mrs. Trewthen a good mother; but though well meaning she was maladroit, and her intentions missed their mark.
"A Changed Man and Other Tales" by Thomas Hardy
If he had planned a campaign of maladroitness he could not have more happily fulfilled his object.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He feared that he had been almost maladroit.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
He asked a thousand pardons of Madame la Duchesse for being so maladroit.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
But as he was closing the carriage door he was so maladroit as to drop the bouquet; only a single violet remained in his hand.
"Tales of Two Countries" by Alexander Kielland
He had been maladroit, he thought, had lost his presence of mind.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The strife which had begun between the poet and the maladroit agents of the Great Frederick was becoming serious.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Madame called him a "maladroit" on the spot.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876." by Various
Never was anything more maladroit.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward