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- 1. delicate (vs. rugged), dainty, exquisite, ethereal, gossamer, fragile, light-handed, overdelicate, pastel, tender, breakable, frail, weak
- usage: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
- 2. delicate, skilled (vs. unskilled)
- usage: marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch"
- 3. delicate, fragile, frail, breakable (vs. unbreakable)
- usage: easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
- 4. delicate, soft, tender (vs. tough), untoughened
- usage: easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"
- 5. finespun, delicate, refined (vs. unrefined)
- usage: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
- 6. delicate, ticklish, touchy, difficult (vs. easy), hard
- usage: difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"
- 7. delicate, sensitive (vs. insensitive)
- usage: of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
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