Definition for delicate

adjective as in sickly

adjective as in fussy, discriminating

adjective as in difficult, sticky (situation)

adjective as in careful, tactful


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Example Sentences

Trimming nose hairs is delicate, personal business, and the Norelco has that firmly in mind.

The sheer glass makes for a delicate and unique way to display plants.

There’s an air intake on each side, and the entire back of the machine is vented to funnel hot air away from the delicate components inside.

The demo showed it stacking several delicate wine glasses on top of each other on an unfamiliar surface.

Worse, he said, is that he had spent years digging and rigging holes to water cattle based on where rain pools, a delicate system that would be jeopardized by trenching and construction.

The scenes between Johansson and Adam Pearson, a man with neurofibromatosis, are some of the most delicate and visceral this year.

She used electrolysis to banish the prickly hair from her delicate face.

It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.

For those with a predilection for immaculately fine and delicate paintings by Botticelli, his Madonna of the Book will satisfy.

Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most prized European classics are,” is decorated with delicate gold squiggles and a star.

The flowers grow in clusters from the extremities of the stalk; they are yellow externally and of a delicate red within.

This Captain Kirton was really the best of the Kirton bunch: a quiet, unassuming young man, somewhat delicate in health.

Isabel had a glimpse of a delicate high-bred face set like a panel in a parted curtain.

Indifferent health, for he was delicate too, was one of the bonds between us.

Not to smoke at all in the presence of a superior, is held the most delicate homage which can be paid him.

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On this page you'll find 329 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to delicate, such as: delicious, delightful, elegant, exquisite, fragile, and gentle.

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