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del·i·cate  (dl-kt)
1. Pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way: a delicate flavor; a delicate violin passage.
2. Exquisitely fine or dainty: delicate china.
3. Frail in constitution or health.
4. Easily broken or damaged: a kite too delicate to fly.
5. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination: a critics delicate perception.
a. Considerate of the feelings of others.
b. Concerned with propriety.
c. Squeamish or fastidious.
7. Requiring tactful treatment: a delicate situation.
8. Fine or soft in touch or skill: a surgeons delicate touch.
9. Measuring, indicating, or responding to very small changes; precise: a delicate set of scales.
10. Very subtle in difference or distinction.

[Middle English delicat and French d?licat, both from Latin dlictus, pleasing; akin to dlicia, pleasure; see delicious.]

deli·cate·ly adv.
deli·cate·ness n.
Synonyms: delicate, choice, dainty, elegant, exquisite, fine1
These adjectives mean appealing to refined taste: a delicate flavor; choice exotic flowers; a dainty dish; elegant handwriting; an exquisite wine; the finest embroidery. See Also Synonyms at fragile.

delicate  /dlkt/  adj. 1 easily broken or hurt: This teacup is made of delicate china. 2 made in a fine, sensitive manner: These china plates have a lovely, delicate flower pattern. 3 needing sensitive treatment: He is upset at failing the course, so talking to him about it is a delicate matter. -adv. delicately.

Thesaurus: delicate 1 fragile, breakable 2 dainty, exquisite 3 awkward, tricky. delicate

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