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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 that are only possible using the latest 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
  • a delicate situation that must be treated carefully
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Synonym Discussion of delicate

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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