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graceful

  
1       adj   Someone or something that is graceful moves in a smooth and controlled way which is attractive to watch.  
His movements were so graceful they seemed effortless., ...graceful ballerinas.     
  gracefully      adv   ADV with v  
She stepped gracefully onto the stage.     
2       adj   Something that is graceful is attractive because it has a pleasing shape or style.  
His handwriting, from earliest young manhood, was flowing and graceful.     
  gracefully      adv   ADV adj/-ed  
She loved the gracefully high ceiling, with its white-painted cornice.     
3       adj   If a person's behaviour is graceful, it is polite, kind, and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation.  
Aubrey could think of no graceful way to escape Corbet's company..., He was charming, cheerful, and graceful under pressure.     
  gracefully      adv   ADV with v  
We managed to decline gracefully.     
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graceful

  
  
agile, beautiful, becoming, charming, comely, easy, elegant, fine, flowing, gracile     (rare)   natural, pleasing, smooth, symmetrical, tasteful  
  
Antonyms     
   awkward, clumsy, gawky, inelegant, plain, ponderous, stiff, ugly, ungainly, ungraceful  

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