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delicate

adjective (DIFFICULT)    /ˈdel.ɪ.kət/
a delicate situation, matter, point, etc. C1 a situation. matter, etc. that needs to be dealt with carefully in order to avoid trouble or offence: I need to speak to you about a rather delicate matter. The pay negotiations have reached a delicate point/stage. Teachers need to strike a delicate (= carefully achieved) balance between instructing their pupils and letting them discover things for themselves.Fragile and breakable delicately     /-li/ adverb I thought you handled the situation very delicately (= in a way that avoided causing offence). The pudding was delicately flavoured with vanilla.Fragile and breakableCausing pleasure
(Definition of delicate adjective (DIFFICULT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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