• WordNet 3.6
    • n nicety conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety "it was performed with justness and beauty"
    • n nicety 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nicety A delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction. "The fineness and niceties of words."
    • Nicety Delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision.
    • Nicety The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.). "The miller smiled of her nicety ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nicety Ignorance; folly; foolishness; triviality.
    • n nicety Fastidiousness; extreme or excessive delicacy; squeamishness.
    • n nicety Nice discrimination; delicacy of perception; acuteness.
    • n nicety A nice distinction; a refinement; a subtlety; a fine-drawn point or criticism.
    • n nicety Delicacy; exactness; accuracy; precision.
    • n nicety A dainty or delicacy; something rare or choice: usually in the plural.
    • n nicety Nice appearance; agreeableness of appearance
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nicety quality of being nice: delicate management: exactness of treatment: fineness of perception: fastidiousness: that which is delicate to the taste: a delicacy
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  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. niceté, foolishness
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. nice, foolish, simple—L. nescius, ignorant—ne, not, scīre, to know.


In literature:

Many metaphysical niceties are handing about in conversation, to show that it cannot be sustained.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Dr. Johnson wrote thirty lines of eulogy of him, with the nicety and distinction of phrase which one would expect.
"Greenwich Village" by Anna Alice Chapin
He could not evaluate the niceties of that flight, he did not understand all Rip was doing.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
By observing these little niceties the trap becomes very sure and sensitive.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Over nicety; exactness too scrupulous.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
The experienced cook with an eye for measurements can gauge the amounts, very frequently, to a nicety.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
You mince matters to an uncommon nicety.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
I can keep mine constant with mathematical accuracy, or vary the light to a nicety by pressing a button.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Though I am something loath to be snuffed out by the men of my own side, we need not haggle over the niceties.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
He had been shaved himself, and his little tuft of yellow beard was trimmed to a nicety.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

MOSCON. Excellent, faith! the fancy tickles
Quite my fancy. Let her say
Who it is that annoys or nicks her
To a nicety. Let's go see her,
And she'll choose.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

With the addition of a few niceties, your spare bedroom will be as inviting to visitors as a.
But for him such niceties are hardly an issue.
Now, there's a fine exercise in the diplomatic niceties one must endure when one is prime minister of a small state in the near east, surrounded by enemies.
Business etiquette isn't just about observing the social niceties.
Sports Let's get the niceties out of the way: The Portland Timbers' first season in Major League Soccer was a qualified success.
Certified organic fruit is one of the many necessities - and niceties - you can subscribe to at
Preview of update reveals niceties, including e-mail management tools, tabbed browsing, and site icons.
While Turkey is part of a consortium and will help build the fuselage, its participation is a diplomatic nicety rather than a necessity.
The mores are enough to make Letitia Baldrige, the guru of social niceties, put down her cup of tea and wring her hands in Ciceronian despair.
Says negotiations won't be "constrained by diplomatic niceties or protocols," but talks not imminent.
Leaks, leakers and legal niceties.
Shade 's rich feature set has many niceties, such as the ability to import Adobe Illustrator design files and export to Adobe Photoshop for final composition.
Yes, my Springfield has some serious design flaws, but I've been too busy keeping up with the tapping to get around to niceties like separating bars from schools.

In science:

Bell’s derivation uses the language of “beables”, but the mathematics requires only that random variables are associated with regions of space-time, prompting us here to introduce random fields to remove the niceties of Bell’s concept of “beables”.
Bell inequalities for random fields
For some special choices of the parameters beyond β = 1, 2, 4, was able to exploit the niceties of the exponential weight to obtain limit laws in terms of hypergeometric funcions.
Diffusion at the random matrix hard edge
The bound k on causal flips based on the number of isolated variables remaining in V is mainly a formal nicety.
Causal Conclusions that Flip Repeatedly and Their Justification
One of the niceties of General Relativity is it allows to formulate physical laws in whatever system of coordinates one may prefer.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
Apart from certain technical niceties, this leads to a picture in which Riem(Σ) is fibered by the orbits of the Diff (Σ) action.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time