[ del-i-kit-lee ]
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  1. in a careful way:They stepped delicately among the brambles and exposed rocks.Aggressive removal of the tumor must be delicately balanced with the risk of injury to adjacent normal tissue.

  2. in a tactful or sensitive way:Employee issues need to be managed delicately, with empathy and an open perspective.

  1. in a faint, subtle, quiet, or barely perceptible way:Dessert was perfection: perfectly moist and delicately flavored ricotta and rhubarb cakes with a big dollop of creamy vanilla mascarpone.The eye-catching Himalayan honeysuckle has pendant spikes of deep red bracts with white, delicately scented flowers and red-purple berries.

  2. showing or using precision or refinement:The region is a famous center for embroidery and appliqué work, painted pottery, and delicately carved wooden doors.

Origin of delicately


Other words from delicately

  • hy·per·del·i·cate·ly, adverb
  • non·del·i·cate·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-del·i·cate·ly, adverb
  • su·per·del·i·cate·ly, adverb

Words Nearby delicately Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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