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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. subtly skillful handling of a situation;
[syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Finesse \Fi`nesse"\ (? or ?), n. [F., fr. fin fine. See Fine, a.] 1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem. [1913 Webster] This is the artificialest piece of finesse to persuade men into slavery. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Whist Playing) The act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Finesse \Fi*nesse"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Finessed; p. pr. & vb. n. Finessing.] 1. To use artifice or stratagem. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. (Whist Playing) To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

finesse n 1: subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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