noun, plural niceties.
a delicate or fine point; punctilio: niceties of protocol.
a fine distinction; subtlety; detail: the niceties of the filigree work.
Usually, niceties. a refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or living: working hard to acquire the niceties of life.
exactness or precision.
the quality of being nice; niceness.
delicacy of character, as of something requiring care or tact: a matter of considerable nicety.

1275–1325; Middle English: silliness, extravagance, cleverness < Old French niceté. See nice, -ty

overnicety, noun, plural overniceties.

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nicety (ˈnaɪsɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a subtle point of delicacy or distinction: a nicety of etiquette
2.  (usually plural) a refinement or delicacy: the niceties of first-class travel
3.  subtlety, delicacy, or precision
4.  excessive refinement; fastidiousness
5.  to a nicety with precision

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "folly, stupidity," from O.Fr. niceté "foolishness," from nice "silly" (see nice). Underwent sense evolution parallel to nice, arriving at "minute, subtle point" 1580s and "exactitude" in 1650s. Phrase to a nicety "exactly" is attested from 1795.
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Example sentences
He might say that governing in a minority obliges him to play fast and loose
  with parliamentary nicety.
Another nicety is that the first time you use an effect, an overlay appears
  with clear instructions.
IT is a question of some nicety to decide how much must be read of any
  particular poet.
Diplomatic nicety had completely compromised the mission.
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