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Princeton's WordNet

  1. finely, fine, delicately, exquisitelyadverb

    in a delicate manner

    "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"


  1. delicatelyadverb

    In a delicate manner; exquisitely.

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

  2. delicatelyadverb


    He approached the main subject delicately.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Delicatelyadverb

    Etymology: from delicate.

    Ladies, like variegated tulips, show,
    ’Tis to their changes half their charms we owe;
    Such happy spots the nice admirer take,
    Fine by defect, and delicately weak. Alexander Pope, Epist. ii. l. 41.

    Eat not delicately, or nicely; that is, be not troublesome to thyself or others in the choice of thy meats, or the delicacy of thy sauces. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.


  1. delicately

    Delicately refers to doing something with great care, gentleness, precision or sensitivity, in a manner that avoids causing damage or harm. It can also refer to something that is subtly and pleasingly attractive or skillfully made, often having intricate details.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delicatelyadverb

    in a delicate manner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delicately in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delicately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of delicately in a Sentence

  1. Paul Valery:

    ...in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear - so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other - and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language.

  2. Jeremy DeSilva:

    Mary Leakey made exquisitely detailed maps of the footprint localities. From Mary Leakey map, we were able to approximate where the tracks should be. We began to dig, hoping for the best, but fearing instead that forty years of seasonal rains had washed them away, the soil was hard as cement and it took a hammer and chisel to reach the footprint layer, which we then needed to excavate delicately with a hard-bristled brush and tongue depressor. Fortunately, the footprints were beautifully preserved.

  3. Assaf Habary:

    There are hundreds of colonies of coral that we need to relocate, one by one, delicately.

  4. Lesley Manville:

    … You’re seeing real pockets of tenderness with how [the characters] are dealing with getting older and approaching that time of their lives, i always see Cathy and Michael at the center of it all, having this 'will they, won’t they.' Will this romance happen? Is it alright to be falling in love at this time in your life with your dead husband’s best friend? It’s very tenderly and delicately written, and I think people want to see a romance that is about two middle-aged people, rather than a romance with strapping young 20-somethings.

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