Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Offensive to established standards of propriety; improper. See Synonyms at improper.
  • adj. Marked by a lack of good taste; coarse.
  • adj. Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Improper or immodest.
  • adj. Coarse or tasteless.
  • adj. Tactless or undiplomatic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not delicate; wanting delicacy; offensive to good manners, or to purity of mind; coarse; rude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not delicate; wanting delicacy; offensive to a refined sense of propriety, or to modesty or purity of mind; beyond the bounds of proper reserve or restraint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. verging on the indecent
  • adj. lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
  • adj. in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent

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Examples

  • If realism prevailed, the phrase "indelicate imbalance" might be a more appropriate one to use.

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  • This determination, however, perfectly consistent with his former advice, he calls indelicate, and earnestly persuades his daughters to conceal it, though it may govern their conduct; — as if it were indelicate to have the common appetites of human nature.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • This determination, however, perfectly consistent with his former advice, he calls indelicate, and earnestly persuades his daughters to conceal it, though it may govern their conduct; - as if it were indelicate to have the common appetites of human nature.

    A vindication of the rights of woman

  • This determination, however, perfectly consistent with his former advice, he calls indelicate, and earnestly persuades his daughters to conceal it, though it may govern their conduct: as if it were indelicate to have the common appetites of human nature. 50

    Chap. II

  • that said, people from both official SBC groups and those on their own, often do and say things that others might label indelicate, unethical, foolish, and so on...

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  • He was blunt in his bearing, saying things which her father would have called indelicate and heartless, as though they gave him no effort, and placing himself at once almost in a position of ascendency.

    The Belton Estate

  • The advertising community long ago crossed the "indelicate" threshold.

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  • The woman doing the wedgie dance can't possibly be any more "indelicate" than, say, the ads we see for diarrhea or hemorrhoid remedies.

    Could This Be a Wedgie Issue Politically?

  • However a decision to bar the media could be "indelicate".

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  • a few transactions which would now be called indelicate and irregular, but which even now would hardly be designated as corrupt.

    Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)

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