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delicate (a):
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
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a delicate violin passage.
delicate china.
a delicate flavor.
the delicate wing of a butterfly
delicate (s):
easily broken or damaged or destroyed
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a kite too delicate to fly safely.
fragile porcelain plates.
fragile old bones.
a frail craft

Related Word: fragile
delicate (s):
difficult to handle; requiring great tact
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delicate negotiations with the big powers.
hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter.
a touchy subject
delicate (s):
developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
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the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense
delicate (s):
of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
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almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments
delicate (s):
marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
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a surgeon's delicate touch
delicate (s):
easily hurt
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soft hands.
a baby's delicate skin
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