- the quality or state of being nice; specif.,
- precision; accuracy; exactness, as of discrimination or perception
- fastidiousness; refinement; delicacy of taste
- the quality of calling for delicacy, accuracy, or precision in handling, discrimination, or adjustment
- anything involving or calling for delicacy, accuracy, or precision; subtle or minute detail, distinction, etc.
- something choice, dainty, or elegant
Origin of nicetyMiddle English nicete ; from OFr, folly ; from nice: see nice
to a nicety
to a precise degree; exactly
- The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment: the nicety of a diplomatic exchange.
- Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
- A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction: the niceties of etiquette.
- An elegant or refined feature; an amenity: the niceties of civilized life.
Origin of nicetyMiddle English nicete, silliness, exactitude, from Old French, silliness, from nice, silly; see nice.
- A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.
- 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.
- A rocket propelled grenade doesn't have the nicety of a sniper round, but you must admit its effectiveness.