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delicacy
as in:  discuss with delicacy


She is admired for her delicacy in negotiations.
  care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
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Delicacy has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She is admired for her delicacy in negotiations.
  • If you act like a bull in a china shop, the negotiations will fail. Delicacy is required.
  • . . . it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Miss Bartlett, though skilled in the delicacies of conversation, was powerless in the presence of brutality.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View

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  • I saw a delicacy in him that I had never seen on the coast.  His manners were like a form of consideration; and however small the occasion, his manners never failed.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I look past her, into the distance as I’ve been trained to, and her cold glare bores into me with the delicacy of a blunt knife.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
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Associated words [difficulty]:   delicacy [3]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, History
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