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    Does "delicate" mean "polite" when used to describe a person? I haven't found this meaning of delicate in dictionaries, but there is this word "delicacy" meaning "politeness", so, logically thinking, a person can be delicate (= polite)?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    For me, no. If you approach an issue in a delicate way/manner ( with delicacy ), that could be polite. So the 'delicacy' you refer to refers to the behaviour and not the person. A delicate person for me is shy, quiet and might be offended easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangus View Post
    For me, no. If you approach an issue in a delicate way/manner ( with delicacy ), that could be polite. So the 'delicacy' you refer to refers to the behaviour and not the person. A delicate person for me is shy, quiet and might be offended easily.
    Not physically tough, easily injured. If a man, there is a sense of effeminate.

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    Not in the best of health, vulnerable to infections.

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