fluent

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From Latin fluens (flowing).

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fluent (comparative more fluent, superlative most fluent)

  1. That flows; flowing, liquid.
    fluent handwriting
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      For time is a fleeting thing, and which appeareth as in a shadow, with the matter ever gliding, alwaies fluent, without ever being stable or permanent [].
  2. (linguistics) Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.

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In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency broadly, while in narrow use it refers to speaking a language flowingly, rather than haltingly.

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fluent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of fluō