DELICATE

delicate

1. [Adjective]: 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. easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"

3. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"

4. marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon''s delicate touch"

5. difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"

6. of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"

7. easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby''s delicate skin"

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