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delicate

adjective  us   /ˈdel·ɪ·kət/

delicate adjective (EASILY DAMAGED)

needing careful treatment, esp. because easily damaged: a delicate flower delicate jewelry Delicate also means needing to be dealt with carefully in order to avoid causing trouble or offense: The negotiations have reached a delicate stage. It’s a delicate operation, and you want an experienced surgeon to do it.

delicate adjective (PLEASANT)

pleasant but not easily noticed or strong: a delicate flavor We chose a delicate floral pattern for our bedroom curtains.
delicately
adverb  us   /ˈdel·ɪ·kət·li/
Please handle the china delicately.
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