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Adjective: delicate  de-li-kut
  1. Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
    "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavour"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
     
  2. Easily broken, damaged or destroyed
    "a kite too delicate to fly safely";
    - fragile, frail
     
  3. Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
    "a surgeon's delicate touch"
     
  4. Easily hurt
    "a baby's delicate skin";
    - soft
     
  5. Developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
    "the satire touches with delicate ridicule every kind of human pretence";
    - finespun
     
  6. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact
    "delicate negotiations with the big powers";
    - ticklish, touchy, tickly
     
  7. Of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
    "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
     
  8. Of weak or poor health; easily made sick

See also: breakable, dainty, difficult, ethereal, exquisite, fragile, frail, gossamer, hard, light-handed, overdelicate, pastel, refined, sensitive, skilled, strength, tender, untoughened, weak

Antonym: rugged

Encyclopedia: Delicate