Etymology
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nicety (n.)

late 14c., nicete, "folly, stupidity," a sense now obsolete, from Old French niceté "foolishness, childishness, simplicity," from nice "silly" (see nice). It underwent a sense evolution parallel to that of nice, arriving at "minute, subtle point" 1580s and "exactitude, accuracy" in 1650s. Phrase to a nicety "exactly, with great exactness" is attested from 1795.

updated on June 08, 2019

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Definitions of nicety from WordNet

nicety (n.)
conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety;
Synonyms: justness / rightness
nicety (n.)
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude;
Synonyms: nuance / shade / subtlety / refinement
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