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Definition of DELICATE
Pronunciation : DELICATE

Adjective : DELICATE

Source:WordNet 3.1

  • 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. (

    ) marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch" ;

  • 3. (

    ) easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft" ;

  • 5. (

    ) developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense" ;

  • 6. (

    ) difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject" ;

  • 7. (

    ) of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments" ;

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