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delicate

delicate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word delicate

Definition
(adj) exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
Example Sentence
  • a delicate violin passage
  • delicate china
  • a delicate flavor
  • the delicate wing of a butterfly

Definition
(adj) marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
Example Sentence
  • a surgeon's delicate touch

Definition
(adj) easily broken or damaged or destroyed
Synonyms : fragile , frail
Example Sentence
  • a kite too delicate to fly safely
  • fragile porcelain plates
  • fragile old bones
  • a frail craft

Definition
(adj) easily hurt
Synonyms : soft
Example Sentence
  • soft hands
  • a baby's delicate skin

Definition
(adj) developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
Synonyms : finespun
Example Sentence
  • the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense

Definition
(adj) difficult to handle; requiring great tact
Synonyms : ticklish , touchy
Example Sentence
  • delicate negotiations with the big powers
  • hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter
  • a touchy subject

Definition
(adj) of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
Example Sentence
  • almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments

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