delicate delicate  /ˈdɛ lə kət/


  1. (adj) exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
  2. (adj) marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
  3. (adj) easily broken or damaged or destroyed
  4. (adj) easily hurt
  5. (adj) developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
  6. (adj) difficult to handle; requiring great tact
  7. (adj) of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely



  1. The Ladies of the Senate, luncheon club of the wives, sisters and daughters of the graybeards of the north wing of the Capitol, face a delicate question.
  2. From her delicate frame comes a voice of astonishing richness and power.
  3. Bush never understood, or cared about, the delicate balance between freedom and regulation that was necessary to make markets work.


  1. Stalking The Elusive, Worthy Apricot

    Apricots are the finest of summer's fruits, with dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. That's why it is so disheartening when you bite into one, only to find it is mealy and flavorless. To find the best ones, head to your local farmers market.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: NPR

  2. Barbra Streisand Jumps Right Into Delicate Subjects In Israel

    Barbra Streisand is touring Israel right now and has broached a very delicate subject on her first major stop: the treatment of women by Orthadox Jews. The iconic singer was there to receive an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Hebrew …
    on June 18, 2013     Source: WebProNews

  3. A delicate touch

    “A Delicate Truth” by John le Carre (Viking, 310 pages, $28.95)
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Wichita Eagle


  1. "We have to be very careful, as we are trying to move toward the establishment of a Palestinian state, (about) actions and statements that erode confidence," Rice said. "This is a very delicate time."
    on Oct 14, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source:

  2. "I can't act like nothing happened in South Africa, it wouldn't go down well. I followed the events, as you all did, with a lot of sadness," Blanc said. "I was outraged by certain behavior ...... it's a delicate situation, there are certainly...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Laurent Blanc Source: York Daily Record

  3. The defeat came as a bitter blow to five-times winners Brazil, whose coach Dunga said: "We are all extremely saddened. We didn't expect this and we hoped for a different result. We knew it was going to be a very delicate, very difficult game, but we...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Carlos Dunga Source:

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