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delicate

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1 satisfying or pleasing because of fineness or mildness
  • a heavy sauce would spoil the delicate flavor of this fish

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2 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • only a person with delicate taste buds could tell the difference between these two wines

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3 accomplished with trained ability
  • the delicate handling of a difficult diplomatic situation

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4 easily broken
  • delicate glassware that must be carefully wrapped for shipping

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5 easily injured without careful handling
  • the delicate ecosystem of the wetlands

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9 made or done with extreme care and accuracy
  • delicate measurements of brain tumors that are only possible using the latest medical technology

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10 meeting the highest standard of accuracy
  • extremely delicate instruments such as an atomic clock

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11 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect
  • a delicate breeze was floating in from the open window

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12 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling
  • the delicate challenge of inviting two people who don't like each other to the same party

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choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind. choice fabric exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste. an exquisite gold bracelet elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste. a sumptuous but elegant dining room rare suggests an uncommon excellence. rare beauty delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility. delicate craftsmanship dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate. dainty sandwiches

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