a) In a delicate manner; exquisitely.

The gingerbread was delicately, if imprecisely, captured by the brushstrokes.

b) Tactfully.

He approached the main subject delicately.

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  • Delicately — Del i*cate*ly (d[e^]l [i^]*k[asl]t*l[y^]), adv. In a delicate manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delicately — mid 14c., luxuriously, from DELICATE (Cf. delicate) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning softly, gently is early 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • delicately — [adv] carefully beautifully, cautiously, daintily, deftly, elegantly, exquisitely, fastidiously, finely, gracefully, lightly, precisely, sensitively, skillfully, softly, subtly, tactfully; concepts 542,544 Ant. indelicately, strongly, uncarefully …   New thesaurus

  • delicately — del|i|cate|ly [ delıkətli ] adverb 1. ) in a careful way, so that something is not damaged: He placed the fruits delicately into a box. a ) in a graceful way, with small or light movements: She raised the cup delicately to her lips. b ) in a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • delicately — UK [ˈdelɪkətlɪ] / US adverb 1) in a careful way, so that something is not damaged He placed the fruits delicately into a box. 2) in a careful way so that people are not upset or annoyed We need to handle the situation very delicately. 3) in a… …   English dictionary

  • delicately — adv. Delicately is used with these adjectives: ↑balanced, ↑carved, ↑coloured, ↑flavoured, ↑patterned, ↑poised, ↑scented, ↑woven Delicately is used with these verbs: ↑balance, ↑embroider, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • delicately — delicate ► ADJECTIVE 1) very fine in texture or structure. 2) easily broken or damaged; fragile. 3) susceptible to illness or adverse conditions. 4) requiring sensitive or careful handling. 5) skilful; deft. 6) (of food or drink) subtly and… …   English terms dictionary

  • delicately — adverb see delicate I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • delicately — See delicate. * * * …   Universalium

  • delicately — Synonyms and related words: compliantly, cunningly, cutely, daintily, easily, effeminately, faintly, feebly, gently, infirmly, languorously, listlessly, shakily, softly, strengthlessly, submissively, teeteringly, tenderly, totteringly, unsoundly …   Moby Thesaurus

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