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  Definition of delicate
  1. exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
  2. easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
  3. difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"
  4. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
  5. of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
  6. marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon''s delicate touch"
  7. easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby''s delicate skin"
Similar Words: fragile, frail, ticklish, finespun, soft

 

See Also: breakable, frail, weak

 

Attributes: strength

 

Anagrams: latticed, ciliated

 

 
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