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.
in a tactful or sensitive way:Employee issues need to be managed delicately, with empathy and an open perspective.
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.
showing or using precision or refinement:The region is a famous center for embroidery and appliqué work, painted pottery, and delicately carved wooden doors.
- 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
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How to use delicately in a sentence
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Seeking something that was “fresh yet delicate,” according to Gjerde, they landed on a cuvée comprised of 48% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 12% Pinot Meunier.Luxury hotels are wooing guests with exclusive wines and spirits | Rachel King | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
In the podcast, I think iO walks a delicate line between journalism and inserting himself into the story, and he does it incredibly well!Podcast recommendations for a better life and career from Fortune’s 40 under 40 | Aric Jenkins | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
It takes very little energy to break up pairs of electrons in a superconductor, and these pairs break up into free electrons, potentially leading to energy exchanges that can destroy the superconductor’s delicate state.Cosmic rays could pose a problem for future quantum computers | Neel Patel | August 26, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Such a delicate structure could have formed only through an equally delicate, gentle process.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Corey S. Powell | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
The cheery 69-year-old father of eight sits in the center with his wife and delicately brandishes a small, brown book.
Then, as the car pulled away, he again began his slow movements with the girl delicately balanced on the hitching post.
PANKISI GORGE, Georgia—The mother of martyrs, a woman in her fifties, is delicately beautiful and visibly in pain.
This deft, delicately wrought story is Murakami at his best.
I just found it depressingly tone deaf for a show that typically handles these sensitive issues so delicately.‘Orange Is the New Black’: Inside the Wild S2 Finale and What’s Next for Season 3 | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Portuguese snuff seemed to be in favor and was delicately perfumed.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He held the pin delicately between finger and thumb, and controlled her with his roguish eyes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Here the tobacco plant attains its finest form and most delicately flavored leaves.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
They that were fed delicately have died in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet have embraced the dung.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Now here is a lady, well educated and delicately nurtured, who is destitute of the common necessaries of life.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie