Definitions for: Nicety


[n] conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety; "it was performed with justness and beauty"
[n] a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ni"ce*ty, n.; pl. Niceties. [OE. nicet['e]
foolishness.]
1. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses
of that word.).

The miller smiled of her nicety. --Chaucer.

2. Delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of
observation or of discrimination; precision.

3. A delicate expression, act, mode of treatment,
distinction, or the like; a minute distinction.

The fineness and niceties of words. --Locke.

To a nicety, with great exactness or accuracy.

Synonyms: justness, nuance, refinement, rightness, shade, subtlety

See Also: conformance, conformity, import, meaning, significance, signification

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