nice·ty /ˈnaɪsəti, sti/
Ni·ce·ty n.; pl. Niceties
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.
n 1: conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or
propriety; "it was performed with justness and beauty"
[syn: justness, rightness]
2: 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" [syn: nuance,
shade, subtlety, refinement]