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

n conformity with some aesthetic standard of correctness or propriety

justness, rightness
Type of:
conformance, conformity
correspondence in form or appearance

n a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

nuance, refinement, shade, subtlety
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

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