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- A small detail or distinction.
- We met the new captain while we were taking enemy fire and were unable to observe the niceties of formal introductions.
- Subtlety or precision of use; exactness; preciseness.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part I, page 212:
- Afterwards I took it back when it was borne in upon me startlingly with what extreme nicety he had estimated the time requisite for the ‘affair.’
- 1934, Henry G. Lamond, An Aviary On The Plains, page 210:
- [W]e cannot judge with exact nicety whether the hunter or the hunted has the greater dash of toe.
- A rocket-propelled grenade doesn't have the nicety of a sniper round, but you must admit its effectiveness.
- Delicacy of character or feeling usually from excessive refinement; fastidiousness
- (obsolete) That which is delicate to the taste.
small detail that is nice or polite but not necessary
subtlety or precision of use