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  • of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
    • almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments
  • difficult to handle; requiring great tact
    • delicate negotiations with the big powers
    • hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter
    • a touchy subject
  • developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
    • the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense
  • easily hurt
    • soft hands
    • a baby's delicate skin
  • easily broken or damaged or destroyed
    • a kite too delicate to fly safely
    • fragile porcelain plates
    • fragile old bones
    • a frail craft
  • marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
    • a surgeon's delicate touch
  • exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
    • a delicate violin passage
    • delicate china
    • a delicate flavor
    • the delicate wing of a butterfly
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