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Definition 1: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a delicate violin passage
  • delicate china
  • a delicate flavor
  • the delicate wing of a butterfly

(delicate is similar to ...) extremely delicate

"an overdelicate digestive system"

(delicate is similar to ...) delicately beautiful

"a dainty teacup" "an exquisite cameo"

(delicate is similar to ...) characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

"this smallest and most ethereal of birds" "gossamer shading through his playing"

(delicate is similar to ...) vulnerably delicate

"she has the fragile beauty of youth"

(delicate is similar to ...) having a metaphorically delicate touch

"the translation is...light-handed...and generally unobtrusive"

(delicate is similar to ...) lacking in body or vigor

"faded pastel charms of the naive music"

(delicate is similar to ...) (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

"tender green shoots"

(means also ...) physically weak

"an invalid's frail body"

(means also ...) capable of being broken or damaged

"earthenware pottery is breakable" "breakable articles should be packed carefully"

(means also ...) wanting in physical strength

"a weak pillar"

(... are attributes of delicate) the property of being physically or mentally strong

"fatigue sapped his strength"

Definition 2: easily broken or damaged or destroyed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a kite too delicate to fly safely
  • fragile porcelain plates
  • fragile old bones
  • a frail craft

Synonyms for delicate in the sense of this definition

(delicate is similar to ...) capable of being broken or damaged

"earthenware pottery is breakable" "breakable articles should be packed carefully"

Definition 3: difficult to handle; requiring great tact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • delicate negotiations with the big powers
  • hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter
  • a touchy subject

Synonyms for delicate in the sense of this definition

(delicate is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 4: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense

Synonyms for delicate in the sense of this definition

(delicate is similar to ...) (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

"she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship" "refined people with refined taste"

Definition 5: of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments

(delicate is similar to ...) responsive to physical stimuli

"a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch" "a sensitive voltmeter" "sensitive skin" "sensitive to light"

Definition 6: marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a surgeon's delicate touch

(delicate is similar to ...) having or showing or requiring special skill

"only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team" "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience" "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow" "a skilled trade"

Definition 7: easily hurt - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where delicate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soft hands
  • a baby's delicate skin

Synonyms for delicate in the sense of this definition

(delicate is similar to ...) physically untoughened

"tender feet"

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