delicately delicately  /ˈdɛ lə kət li/


  • (adv) in a delicate manner



  1. But now we handle parents a lot more delicately.
  2. She delicately stretched her scrawny arms in weariness.
  3. It was a crucial sermon and, in the manner of many things Persian, purposefully and delicately opaque.


  1. Fine-tuned: Music teacher devotes time to repairing, making string instruments

    WENATCHEE—Aaron Davis’ garage has not resembled a garage in years. Instead of skis, bicycles or tools hanging from the walls, bows, instruments and horsehair delicately dangle around the workshop. Shelves of shiny black viola and violin cases wait to be repaired. On a table, a violin lies in shambles in an open case. All the strings are gone except for a few stragglers that protrude from around ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Wenatchee World

  2. Ben Bernanke's Lead Foot Drives Markets Down

    Ben Bernanke tried to break the news as delicately as he could yesterday when he indicated that the Federal Reserve may soon reduce the central bank?s massive bond buying effort and put a stop to it entirely within a year. He said nothing was set in stone and wanted to ?emphasize? that nothing had been ?predetermined,? adding that any new moves would depend on incoming data and economic ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "You've got to be able to handle it delicately," Cowher said in 1992. "You're dealing with a lot of egos and yet you're still trying to keep everyone headed in the same direction."
    on Dec 25, 2007 By: Bill Cowher Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Delicately handling this 'hot potato' is in the best interests of all parties ...... we should sit down and work together towards resolution and settlement of this matter," Ye wrote in a copy he provided Monday to the AP.
    on Jul 2, 2007 By: Zhenli Ye Gon Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. Bush told Aso in talks in Lima "that he knew how very sensitive it is and that he believed that we had handled it delicately and that we want to hold the North Koreans to account on that issue," spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
    on Nov 22, 2008 By: President Bush Source:

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