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nicety

Clearly, you're interested in the nicety of a word's meaning if you're checking out this website. A nicety is a fine detail or shade of meaning that anything — not just a word — can possess.

Even the word nicety has niceties. The emphasis on detail can also refer to a precision or accuracy of sorts; if someone has judged something "to a nicety," they've judged it exactly. Yet another common meaning is in the sense of a minor aspect of polite behavior. Washing your hands before dinner is a "social nicety." So is covering your mouth when you cough. Now where would we be without niceties?

Definitions of nicety
  1. noun
    conformity with some aesthetic standard of correctness or propriety
    synonyms: justness, rightness
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    type of:
    conformance, conformity
    correspondence in form or appearance
  2. noun
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    synonyms: nuance, refinement, shade, subtlety
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    type of:
    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
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