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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]

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  1. A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.
    We met the new captain while we were taking enemy fire and were unable to observe the niceties of formal introductions.
  2. Subtlety or precision of use.
    A rocket propelled grenade doesn't have the nicety of a sniper round, but you must admit its effectiveness.


small detail that is nice or polite but not necessary
subtlety or precision of use

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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