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We use delicate to describe something that is easily breakable or damaged, or something that needs to be handled with care. It can also be used to describe people who easily get sick or whose feelings are easily hurt.
Gilda's grandparents gave her a fine set of china when she got married, but she and her husband don't use it very often because the porcelain is so delicate.
Jose tried to explain to the children that they should never touch butterflies, because they have very delicate wings and contact with human hands could kill the insects.
As an adjective, delicate can also be used to describe something that was crafted with intricate workmanship or fine quality. As a noun, delicates refers to a fabric or a garment that could be easily damaged and needs to be washed carefully.
The Indian city of Bhubaneswar is famous for its temples. Many of them have exteriors with delicate carvings.

My sister just gave me a lovely lace sweater that she knitted. I'll have to make sure to wash it with my delicates so that it doesn't get ruined in the washer.


The word indestructible describes something that cannot be destroyed, damaged or broken.
Nikki's dog Malcolm always destroys his toys, so she's looking for one that's indestructible. As you also have a dog, I told her I'd ask you which dog toys you recommend.
Although many say that titanium is indestructible, that's not true. The metal is very strong and resistant to wear and tear, it can be damaged.
Another word that has a meaning similar to indestructible is durable, which describes something that can withstand wear, pressure, or damage. However, it would be possible, though difficult, to destroy something that is durable.
To build more durable buildings, and avoid having to spend a lot of money on repairs, architects need to take into account both building materials and building design.
In the study of economics, durable goods are items that are not completely consumed in one use, but rather can be used over time.

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