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Having a light, delicate touch.

light′-hand′ed·ly adv.
light′-hand′ed·ness n.


having a light touch; handling things delicately.
light′-hand′ed•ly, adv.
light′-hand′ed•ness, n.
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Adj.1.light-handed - having a metaphorically delicate touch; "the translation is...light-handed...and generally unobtrusive"- New Yorker
delicate - 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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In contrast to the wryly subversive works that surrounded it, the single sculpture in the show, Leg, 2015--a phallic, cartoonlike, shapely female leg patched together from paper and cement--felt awkwardly out of place, attempting a poetic authority but missing the mark; with its cumbersome, juvenile presence, the sculpture seemed removed from the careful but light-handed symbology of the nine silhouetted textile works.
"Having failed to get WTO members to agree to extreme neoliberal 'disciplines' that require them to adopt light-handed and risk-tolerant approaches to regulation, it is pushing this aggressively through TISA," said Kelsey.
We have also called on the Pensions Regulator to adopt a light-handed approach and to effectively communicate to small businesses about how the new regulations will affect them and what they will be required to do, including advice on choosing a scheme provider.
Hong Kong police continued a light-handed approach to the protests, having shifted tactics on Monday after their use of tear gas and pepper spray over the weekend failed to drive out tens of thousands of people occupying streets near the government headquarters.
Based on experiences from around the world, over-regulation could stifle the development of a dynamic market, whereas too light-handed regulation may lead to preservation of dominant market positions and, as a consequence, effective market competition cannot develop and provide choice and value to end users.