Be that as it may, stocking the cabinet is a delicate task for the prime minister-elect.
Central questions of gender and ethnicity are handled with a delicate clarity.
And Mitt, obviously rattled by the Gingrich “surge,” seemed like a delicate hothouse flower.
Because God forbid these delicate students should be exposed to an idea or an organization with which they disagree—at college.
It really isn't a tall order to scare Americans these days, and in particular our delicate representatives in Washington.
It seemed to imply a delicate distinction that carried conviction at once.
She is in delicate health, and I tremble at the thought of losing her.
In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means.
The following recipe is simpler than the preceding, but not so delicate.
He is not vain, though well formed, and his hands are delicate.
late 14c., "self-indulgent, loving ease; delightful; sensitive, easily hurt; feeble," from Latin delicatus "alluring, delightful, dainty," also "addicted to pleasure, luxurious, effeminate;" of uncertain origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to deliciae "a pet," and delicere "to allure, entice" (see delicious). Meaning "easily broken" is recorded from 1560s.