Definition of indelicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdeləkət/


1Having or showing a lack of sensitive understanding or tact: forgive me asking an indelicate question, but how are you for money?
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  • Which, come to think of it, raises the indelicate question.
  • Forgive me for the indelicate question, whose decision was it to go with cremation?
  • And, precisely because of the ignorance we are trying to remedy, there is always the possibility that the question itself will prove indelicate or otherwise an occasion for trouble.
2Slightly indecent: an earthy, often indelicate sense of humor
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  • Those of you who are still unclear on the meaning behind the Life Lesson Of The Day are warned that the story of how I came to discover this Lesson is slightly indelicate.
  • Tranmere played with a good deal more enthusiasm as the evening wore on, suggesting that Aldridge had expressed - presumably in an indelicate fashion - his sense of displeasure during the recess.
  • And if you heard the folks from this feisty bit of terra firma, you'd know their accent, not to mention their vocabulary was indubitably indelicate if not incomprehensibly improper.



Pronunciation: /inˈdeləkətlē/
Example sentences
  • There is certainly the potential for the text to descend into histrionics if handled indelicately, but happily, this ensemble rarely makes that mistake.
  • That brings us to the subject of our poll tonight, and the question is phrased rather indelicately, but, nonetheless, it is the question.
  • But in no case were these flouted too indelicately or ostentatiously.

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Syllabification: in·del·i·cate

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