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    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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