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English definition of “delicate”

delicate

adjective (ACCURATE)    /ˈdel.ɪ.kət/
able to measure very small changes : Weather-forecasters have extremely delicate equipment which helps them predict what the weather is going to be like.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 (ACCURATE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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