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1. Pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way: a delicate flavor; a delicate violin passage.
a. Easily broken or damaged: a kite too delicate to fly.
b. Exquisitely fine or dainty: delicate china. See Synonyms at exquisite.
c. Frail in constitution or health.
a. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination: a critic's delicate perception.
b. Very subtle in difference or distinction.
a. Having or showing great consideration or care: delicate remarks concerning the scandal.
b. Requiring careful or tactful treatment: a delicate situation.
5. Fine or soft in touch or skill: a surgeon's delicate touch.
6. Measuring, indicating, or responding to very small changes; precise: a delicate set of scales.

[Middle English delicat and French délicat, both from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; akin to dēlicia, pleasure; see delicious.]

del′i·cate·ly adv.
del′i·cate·ness n.
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(= daintiness)Zartheit f; (= fragility)Zerbrechlichkeit f; (of fabric, flower, liver)Empfindlichkeit f; (of health, person)Zartheit f
(= sensitivity, of person) → Feinfühligkeit f; (of instrument)Empfindlichkeit f; (of task)Feinheit f; the delicateness of his playingsein gefühlvolles Spiel
(of operation, subject, situation)heikle Natur
(= subtlety: of flavour) → Feinheit f
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