Definitions for nicetyˈnaɪ sɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ni•ce•tyˈnaɪ sɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. a delicate or fine point; subtlety:

    the niceties of protocol.

  2. exactness or preciseness, as in workmanship; detail.

  3. Usu., niceties. refined or fine things or manners:

    the niceties of life.

  4. the quality of being nice; niceness.

  5. delicacy; care or tact:

    a matter of considerable nicety.

Origin of nicety:

1275–1325; ME: silliness, extravagance, cleverness < OF niceté. See nice , -ty2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. justness, rightness, nicety(noun)

    conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety

    "it was performed with justness and beauty"

  2. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement(noun)

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"


  1. nicety(Noun)

    A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.

  2. nicety(Noun)

    Subtlety or precision of use.

  3. Origin: From nicetee, from niceté, from nice; see nice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nicety(noun)

    the quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.)

  2. Nicety(noun)

    delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision

  3. Nicety(noun)

    a delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction

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a precise or delicate detail.

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