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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 donʼt like each other to the same party
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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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