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Definition of delicate:

  1. A choice dainty; a delicacy.
  2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
  3. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  4. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
  5. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  6. Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  7. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
  8. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  9. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
  10. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  11. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
  12. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, a delicate creature.
  13. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  14. Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  15. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.

Synonyms:

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