- Masterly Mas"ter*ly, a.
1. Suitable to, or characteristic of, a master; indicating
thorough knowledge or superior skill and power; showing a
master's hand; as, a masterly design; a masterly
performance; a masterly policy. ``A wise and masterly
inactivity.'' --Sir J. Mackintosh.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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