Nicety meaning

nīsĭ-tē
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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.

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Something choice, dainty, or elegant.
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A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction.

The niceties of etiquette.

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An elegant or refined feature; an amenity.

The niceties of civilized life.

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The quality or state of being nice.
  • Scrupulosity.
  • Precision; accuracy; exactness, as of discrimination or perception.
  • Fastidiousness; refinement; delicacy of taste.
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The quality of calling for delicacy, accuracy, or precision in handling, discrimination, or adjustment.
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Anything involving or calling for delicacy, accuracy, or precision; subtle or minute detail, distinction, etc.
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Subtlety or precision of use.

A rocket propelled grenade doesn't have the nicety of a sniper round, but you must admit its effectiveness.

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The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment.

The nicety of a diplomatic exchange.

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Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
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to a nicety
  • To a precise degree; exactly.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of nicety

  • Middle English nicete silliness, exactitude from Old French silliness from nice silly nice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nicetee, from Old French niceté (“simpleness, foolishness"), from nice (“simple, foolish"); see nice.

    From Wiktionary